"But how can it be helped?" said Levin penitently.
"Dolinka, I am so, so wretched!" she whispered penitently.
The prince apparently had plenty more to say, but as soon as the princess heard his tone she subsided at once, and became penitent, as she always did on serious occasions.
If it is true that in the moment of agony and nearness to death she is genuinely penitent, and I, taking it for a trick, refuse to go?
He took her hand and did not kiss it (to kiss her hand in such closeness to death seemed to him improper); he merely squeezed it with a penitent air, looking at her brightening eyes.
"Well, what of Kitty?" she said with a heavy sigh, looking penitently at Dolly.
Chapter 24 "Well, was it nice?" she asked, coming out to meet him with a penitent and meek expression.
A fortnight ago a penitent letter had come from Stepan Arkadyevitch to Dolly.
Levin walked beside his wife, and, penitent for having been angry, he squeezed her hand when the nurse was not looking.
The horses were allowed to stray into the wheat because not a single laborer would consent to be night-watchman, and in spite of orders to the contrary, the laborers insisted on taking turns for night duty, and Ivan, after working all day long, fell asleep, and was very penitent for his fault, saying, "Do what you will to me, your honor."
There was something mortifying in the way he had said "Come, that’s good," as one says to a child when it leaves off being naughty, and still more mortifying was the contrast between her penitent and his self-confident tone; and for one instant she felt the lust of strife rising up in her again, but making an effort she conquered it, and met Vronsky as good-humoredly as before.