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penitent
used in The Mill on the Floss

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feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
  • "Oh no; and not handsome,—that is, not very," said Lucy, half-penitent at this uncharitable remark.
    6.2 -- Book 6 Chapter 2 -- First Impressions (6% in)
  • Bob pushed the sovereigns forward, but before Tom could speak Maggie, clasping her hands, and looking penitently at Bob. said: "Oh, I'm so sorry, Bob; I never thought you were so good.
    3.6 -- Book 3 Chapter 6 -- Tending to Refute the Popular Prejudice…. (83% in)
  • Bob had not been aware of the injurious opinion for which Maggie was performing an inward act of penitence, but he smiled with pleasure at this handsome eulogy,—especially from a young lass who, as he informed his mother that evening, had "such uncommon eyes, they looked somehow as they made him feel nohow."
    3.6 -- Book 3 Chapter 6 -- Tending to Refute the Popular Prejudice…. (84% in)
  • If she had felt that she was entirely wrong, and that Tom had been entirely right, she could sooner have recovered more inward harmony; but now her penitence and submission were constantly obstructed by resentment that would present itself to her no otherwise than as a just indignation.
    5.5 -- Book 5 Chapter 5 -- The Cloven Tree (97% in)
  • Maggie was resting her elbow on the table, leaning her head on her hand and looking at Philip with half-penitent dependent affection, as she said this; while he was returning her gaze with an expression that, to her consciousness, gradually became less vague,—became charged with a specific recollection.
    6.7 -- Book 6 Chapter 7 -- Philip Re-enters (35% in)
  • Wakem darted a glance of fierce question at his son; but Philip was not looking at him, and with a certain penitent consciousness went on, in a few moments, as if in amplification of his last words,— "Find a single person in St. Ogg's who will not tell you that a beautiful creature like her would be throwing herself away on a pitiable object like me."
    6.8 -- Book 6 Chapter 8 -- Wakem in a New Light (56% in)
  • Did she lie down in the gloomy bedroom of the old inn that night with her will bent unwaveringly on the path of penitent sacrifice?
    6.14 -- Book 6 Chapter 14 -- Waking (97% in)
  • Life stretched before her as one act of penitence; and all she craved, as she dwelt on her future lot, was something to guarantee her from more falling; her own weakness haunted her like a vision of hideous possibilities, that made no peace conceivable except such as lay in the sense of a sure refuge.
    7.2 -- Book 7 Chapter 2 -- St. Ogg's Passes Judgment (34% in)
  • At last he seated himself again, and said, looking at Maggie,— "Your prompting to go to your nearest friends,—to remain where all the ties of your life have been formed,—is a true prompting, to which the Church in its original constitution and discipline responds, opening its arms to the penitent, watching over its children to the last; never abandoning them until they are hopelessly reprobate.
    7.2 -- Book 7 Chapter 2 -- St. Ogg's Passes Judgment (61% in)
  • Maggie had frequent tidings through her mother, or aunt Glegg, or Dr. Kenn, of Lucy's gradual progress toward recovery, and her thoughts tended continually toward her uncle Deane's house; she hungered for an interview with Lucy, if it were only for five minutes, to utter a word of penitence, to be assured by Lucy's own eyes and lips that she did not believe in the willing treachery of those whom she had loved and trusted.
    7.4 -- Book 7 Chapter 4 -- Maggie and Lucy (62% in)
  • But soon, as Maggie looked, every distinct thought began to be overflowed by a wave of loving penitence, and words burst forth with a sob.
    7.4 -- Book 7 Chapter 4 -- Maggie and Lucy (85% in)

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