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used in The Winter's Tale

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feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
  • fault could you make,
    Which you have not redeem'd; indeed, paid down
    More penitence than done trespass: at the last,
    Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil;
    With them forgive yourself.
    5.1 -- Act 5 Scene 1 -- Sicilia. A Room in the palace of LEONTES (2% in)
penitence = remorse (sorrow) for misdeeds
  • I have trusted thee, Camillo, With all the nearest things to my heart, as well My chamber-councils, wherein, priest-like, thou Hast cleans'd my bosom; I from thee departed Thy penitent reform'd: but we have been Deceiv'd in thy integrity, deceiv'd In that which seems so.
    1.2 -- Act 1 Scene 2 -- The same. A Room of State in the Palace (53% in)
  • Besides, the penitent king, my master, hath sent for me; to whose feeling sorrows I might be some allay, or I o'erween to think so,—which is another spur to my departure.
    4.2 -- Act 4 Scene 2 -- Bohemia. A Room in the palace of POLIXENES (13% in)
  • Of that fatal country Sicilia, pr'ythee, speak no more; whose very naming punishes me with the remembrance of that penitent, as thou call'st him, and reconciled king, my brother; whose loss of his most precious queen and children are even now to be afresh lamented.
    4.2 -- Act 4 Scene 2 -- Bohemia. A Room in the palace of POLIXENES (42% in)

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