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- ...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:'3.9 — Book 3 Chapter 9 — Final (87% in)
penitence = expressing sorrow for having done wrong
- Then the wretched boy looked cautiously up and found her gone, crept out of bed, fastened his door, and threw himself upon his pillow again: tearing his hair, morosely crying, grudgingly loving her, hatefully but impenitently spurning himself, and no less hatefully and unprofitably spurning all the good in the world.2.8 — Book 2 Chapter 8 — Explosion (**% in)
- 'So, whether I am waiting for a hostile message, or an assignation, or a penitent remonstrance, or an impromptu wrestle with my friend Bounderby in the Lancashire manner — which would seem as likely as anything else in the present state of affairs — I'll dine,' said Mr. James Harthouse.3.2 — Book 3 Chapter 2 — Very Ridiculous (19% in)
There are no more uses of "penitent" in Hard Times.
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