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  • There was nothing in it that appealed for pity, and he was even a little disappointed at her not giving him an opportunity to make up for his harshness by some manifestation of liberality which should operate as a compensation.
  • I do admit that, and that is why I shall make no row about the wine; I shall set it down as compensation to Lavinia.

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  • CHAPTER XXV The voyage was indeed uncomfortable, and Catherine, on arriving in New York, had not the compensation of "going off," in her father’s phrase, with Morris Townsend.
  • She was on the point of asking him whether it were not a compensation for this annoyance that the poor girl who had the misfortune to bring it upon him, loved him so dearly and believed in him so truly; but she hesitated, thinking that this would perhaps seem an exacting speech, and while she hesitated, he suddenly left her.

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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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