Miss Murdstone was good enough to take me out to the cart, and to say on the way that she hoped I would repent, before I came to a bad end; and then I got into the cart, and the lazy horse walked off with it.
’When he grew into the better understanding of what he had done, he saw it, and repented of it!
’Are you happy now, you foolish boy?’ says Dora, ’and sure you don’t repent?’
I hope he may repent of all the wickedness and sin to which he has been a party.’
She trembled, and her lip shook, and her face was paler, as she answered: ’It has been put into your hearts, perhaps, to save a wretched creature for repentance.
Go, and repent of it.
It was a characteristic feature in this repentance, that I was fain to ask what these two men had done, to be there at all.
I hope Mr. W. will repent, and Miss W., and all of that sinful lot.
I beg that gentleman, if he has it in his power, to inform that young woman from me that I forgive her her bad conduct towards myself, and that I call her to repentance — if he will be so good.’
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.
We varied the legal character of these proceedings by going to see some perspiring Wax-work, in Fleet Street (melted, I should hope, these twenty years); and by visiting Miss Linwood’s Exhibition, which I remember as a Mausoleum of needlework, favourable to self-examination and repentance; and by inspecting the Tower of London; and going to the top of St. Paul’s.
CHAPTER 25 GOOD AND BAD ANGELS I was going out at my door on the morning after that deplorable day of headache, sickness, and repentance, with an odd confusion in my mind relative to the date of my dinner-party, as if a body of Titans had taken an enormous lever and pushed the day before yesterday some months back, when I saw a ticket-porter coming upstairs, with a letter in his hand.
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Prisoners who show repentance are more likely to be released on parole.