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Definitionfeeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
- 'My part in them,' said Mr. Wickfield, shaking his white head, 'has much matter for regret — for deep regret, and deep contrition, Trotwood, you well know.Chapters 58-60 (91% in)
- For myself, I felt so much self-reproach and contrition for my part in what had happened, that nothing would have enabled me to keep back my tears but the fear that Steerforth, who often looked at me, I saw, might think it unfriendly — or, I should rather say, considering our relative ages, and the feeling with which I regarded him, undutiful — if I showed the emotion which distressed me.Chapters 7-9 (27% in)
- I found them to be the perfect isolation of prisoners — so that no one man in confinement there, knew anything about another; and the reduction of prisoners to a wholesome state of mind, leading to sincere contrition and repentance.Chapters 61-62 (28% in)
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