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- ...and then a letter, in a strange hand, saying 'he died in hospital, of fever, such a day, and died in penitence and love of you:'3.9 -- Book 3 Chapter 9 -- Final (87% in)
penitence = expressing sorrow for having done wrong
- 'So, whether I am waiting for a hostile message, or an assignation, or a penitent remonstrance, or an impromptu wrestle with my friend Bounderby in the Lancashire manner — which would seem as likely as anything else in the present state of affairs — I'll dine,' said Mr. James Harthouse.3.2 -- Book 3 Chapter 2 -- Very Ridiculous (19% in)
There are no more uses of "penitent" in Hard Times.
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