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The Scarlet Letter
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penitent
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The Scarlet Letter
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  • Is there no reality in the penitence thus sealed and witnessed by good works?
  • This morbid meddling of conscience with an immaterial matter betokened, it is to be feared, no genuine and steadfast penitence, but something doubtful, something that might be deeply wrong beneath.
  • If they would serve their fellowmen, let them do it by making manifest the power and reality of conscience, in constraining them to penitential self-abasement!
  • Was it but the mockery of penitence?
  • Of penitence, there has been none!
  • Here had been her sin; here, her sorrow; and here was yet to be her penitence.
  • There would have been no scandal, indeed, nor peril to the holy whiteness of the clergyman’s good fame, had she visited him in his own study, where many a penitent, ere now, had confessed sins of perhaps as deep a dye as the one betokened by the scarlet letter.

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  • When her anger passed, she was penitent.
  • If she’s truly penitent, you should forgive her.

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