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used in The Scarlet Letter

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feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
  • Is there no reality in the penitence thus sealed and witnessed by good works?
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (27% in)
penitence = feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong
  • This morbid meddling of conscience with an immaterial matter betokened, it is to be feared, no genuine and steadfast penitence, but something doubtful, something that might be deeply wrong beneath.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (60% in)
  • If they would serve their fellowmen, let them do it by making manifest the power and reality of conscience, in constraining them to penitential self-abasement!
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (42% in)
  • Was it but the mockery of penitence?
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (7% in)
  • There would have been no scandal, indeed, nor peril to the holy whiteness of the clergyman's good fame, had she visited him in his own study, where many a penitent, ere now, had confessed sins of perhaps as deep a dye as the one betokened by the scarlet letter.
    Chapter 16 -- A Forest Walk (5% in)
  • Of penitence, there has been none!
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (28% in)
  • Here had been her sin; here, her sorrow; and here was yet to be her penitence.
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (77% in)

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