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penitent
used in The Grapes of Wrath

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Definition
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
  • ...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.
    Chapter 19 (18% in)
penitent = someone asking for forgiveness
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