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  • I only mean that I suppose some compensation is fair and reasonable in that sort of marriage.’
  • Compensation to the lady, sir?’ asked Mr. Wickfield gravely.

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  • The raging agonies I suffer on the night of the Race Ball, where I know the eldest Miss Larkins will be dancing with the military, ought to have some compensation, if there be even-handed justice in the world.
  • ’She has been an angel, mother,’ returned Steerforth, ’for a little while; and has run into the opposite extreme, since, by way of compensation.’
  • If there is any other compensation —’
  • His satisfaction in which happy imposition on us, and in having preserved the impenetrable secret of the box, appeared to be a sufficient compensation to him for all his tortures.
  • An angry flush overspread her features; and she said, in an intolerant manner, grasping the arm-chair tightly with her hands: ’What compensation can you make to ME for opening such a pit between me and my son?
  • It’s his only compensation for the outward restraints he puts upon himself.
  • The glory of lodging over this structure would have compensated him, I dare say, for many inconveniences; but, as there were really few to bear, beyond the compound of flavours I have already mentioned, and perhaps the want of a little more elbow-room, he was perfectly charmed with his accommodation.

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as in: he compensates with extra effort Define
make up for; or adjust for
as in: she is generously compensated Define
to make payment to someone (often in amends for a loss or inconvenience they suffered)
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