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  • When her anger passed, she was penitent.
  • If she’s truly penitent, you should forgive her.
  • He expressed no regret for what he had done which satisfied her; his style was not penitent, but haughty.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • She looks perfectly timid, dejected, and penitent.
    Austen, Jane  --  Lady Susan

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  • ...brought here to be penitent, because this is a Penitentiary and you are supposed to repent while in it,
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • The fellow was still alive, which was a disappointment, in one way; and yet it was pleasant to see him, all in penitential plasters.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • As it turns out, though, betrayal can also breed penitents, shrewd minor politicians, and ghosts.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • ...I lay there, penitently whispering, "O God bless him!"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • As for the moral turpitude that man unveiled to me, even with tears of penitence, I cannot, even in memory, dwell on it without a start of horror.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • ...and she carried a candle in the penitential parades, side by side with ladies who had nothing to regret but an outburst of temper and a furtive glance into Descartes.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey

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  • On Holy Thursday, I brought my pan and towels along with the other penitents for washing the feet of the parishioners at the door of the church.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Hath he borne himself penitently in prison?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Other penitents are waiting outside.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • Is there no good penitence but it be public?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Is there no reality in the penitence thus sealed and witnessed by good works?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I hope we were equally penitent;
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • he’s penitent
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Mournful penitence appeared on every feature.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • ...he must crawl like a bug between the rows of lettuce, he must bend his back and pull his long bag between the cotton rows, he must go on his knees like a penitent across a cauliflower patch.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • He ran as if to bring me aid. And I was penitent; for in my heart I had always despised him a little.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He stood sober and penitent, his hands in the pockets of his trousers, as he stared right at Diana.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • "It is never too late," said Rose, "for penitence and atonement."
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He had been full of his own penitence and resolution to...
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • they being penitent,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • "Sorry," Alice said, not sounding in the least bit penitent.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Scrooge hung his head to hear his own words quoted by the Spirit, and was overcome with penitence and grief.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • "Yes, please, but I never will again," and he went down upon his knees, with a penitent clasping of hands, and a face full of mischief, mirth, and triumph.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • "I don’t know what came over me," I blurted, penitent.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • sitting here with her head bowed over the sewing machine like a penitent,
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Penitence is described ... as the bewailing of sin that has been wrought, with the purpose never again to do that thing, or any other thing which a man should bewail;
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • And so he had hung up and that was when the cramps had come, hitting him like lightning bolts, making him curl up in front of the telephone like a penitent, hands over his belly, head throbbing like a monstrous bladder.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Was it not this what he used to intend to kill in his ardent years as a penitent?
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • ...and then a letter, in a strange hand, saying ’he died in hospital, of fever, such a day, and died in penitence and love of you:’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • By penitence the Eternal’s wrath’s appeas’d:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • "I am in Lady Agatha’s black books at present," answered Dorian, with a funny look of penitence.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • if the state were penitent to that degree ..., but not to that degree that it left off sinning for a moment.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • The penitent emerged from the side of the box.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • When Langdon had first seen The Little Mermaid, he had actually gasped aloud when he noticed that the painting in Ariel’s underwater home was none other than seventeenth-century artist Georges de la Tour’s The Penitent Magdalene
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • for while I lived thus, I was really a penitent for all my life past.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • penitence was the fruit of long training and discipline:
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • As nearly as I may, I’ll play the penitent to you:
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • fault could you make,
    Which you have not redeem’d; indeed, paid down
    More penitence than done trespass: at the last,
    Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil;
    With them forgive yourself.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • With all my heart; and much it joys me too
    To see you are become so penitent.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • ...the church stood on Tepeyac Hill, a place reserved for solemn acts of prayer and penitence.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Following a stone wall in the dark, wrapped in his blanket, kneeling in the ashes like a penitent.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • This was the penitence that sometimes happens in the penitentiary.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The Penitent King was having a difficult time with the rebels in Resavek.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "Lieutenant," she asked demurely, her voice full of penitence.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • His greatgrandfather goes to his knees like a penitent, fits the saw into a groove in the bark, and begins to cut.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I was rude to the interviewer," I say, with what I try to pass off as penitence.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
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