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repentance
used in Middlemarch

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the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
  • All this was impudence and desecration, and he repented that he had brought her.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (91% in)
  • Some people miss that, and repent too late.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (51% in)
  • "My dear Dorothea—'who with repentance is not satisfied, is not of heaven nor earth:'—you do not think me worthy to be banished by that severe sentence," said Mr. Casaubon, exerting himself to make a strong statement, and also to smile faintly.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (85% in)
  • "Dictator, now," said Letty, with injured looks, and not without a wish to make her mother repent.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (20% in)
  • "There's things you might repent of, Brother, for want of speaking to me," said Solomon, not advancing, however.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (87% in)
  • With memory set smarting like a reopened wound, a man's past is not simply a dead history, an outworn preparation of the present: it is not a repented error shaken loose from the life: it is a still quivering part of himself, bringing shudders and bitter flavors and the tinglings of a merited shame.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (79% in)
  • He had long poured out utterances of repentance.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (84% in)
  • But today a repentance had come which was of a bitterer flavor, and a threatening Providence urged him to a kind of propitiation which was not simply a doctrinal transaction.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (84% in)
  • Sir James, glancing at her, repented of his stratagem; but Mrs. Cadwallader, equal to all occasions, spread the palms of her hands outward and said—"Heaven grant it, my dear!
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (92% in)
  • If you led a harmful life for gain, and kept others out of their rights by deceit, to get the more for yourself, I dare say you repent—you would like to go back, and can't: that must be a bitter thing"—Caleb paused a moment and shook his head—"it is not for me to make your life harder to you."
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (61% in)
  • The truth is, he knew nothing of this man Raffles, or that there were any bad secrets about him; and he thought that Mr. Bulstrode offered him the money because he repented, out of kindness, of having refused it before.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (64% in)
  • She made a very pretty show with her daughters, driving out in her carriage, and often spoke of her happiness as "a reward"—she did not say for what, but probably she meant that it was a reward for her patience with Tertius, whose temper never became faultless, and to the last occasionally let slip a bitter speech which was more memorable than the signs he made of his repentance.
    Finale (52% in)
  • Still, she never repented that she had given up position and fortune to marry Will Ladislaw, and he would have held it the greatest shame as well as sorrow to him if she had repented.
    Finale (58% in)
  • Still, she never repented that she had given up position and fortune to marry Will Ladislaw, and he would have held it the greatest shame as well as sorrow to him if she had repented.
    Finale (59% in)

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