The recollection of his confession of the night before was a cause of acute pain to him; the priest had drawn out every ridiculous detail of the affair and in the end had so magnified his sin that he was almost thankful at being afforded a loophole of reparation.
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Ross Douthat & Reihan Salam -- Grand New Party
It’s not commonly known—Father says it’s some odd loophole in Empire law.