he heard his own voice full of the quietude of humility and contrition.
His soul sank back deeper into depths of contrite peace, no longer able to suffer the pain of dread, and sending forth, as he sank, a faint prayer.
I will ask you now, all of you, to repeat after me the act of contrition, kneeling here in this humble chapel in the presence of God.
Then, raising his head, he repeated the act of contrition, phrase by phrase, with fervour.
— Their piety would be like their names, like their faces, like their clothes, and it was idle for him to tell himself that their humble and contrite hearts, it might be, paid a far richer tribute of devotion than his had ever been, a gift tenfold more acceptable than his elaborate adoration.
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She apologized, but didn’t seem genuinely contrite.
Even after the jury found her guilty, she showed no sign of contrition.