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scruples
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
ethical or moral principles that discourage certain kinds of action
  • The leap had been taken now; he had been tortured by scruples, he had fought fiercely with overmastering inclination, he had hesitated; but repentance was impossible.
    6.13 -- Book 6 Chapter 13 -- Borne Along by the Tide (91% in)
  • This new sense of her relation to Philip nullified the anxious scruples she would otherwise have felt, lest she should overstep the limit of intercourse with him that Tom would sanction; and she put out her hand to him, and felt the tears in her eyes without any consciousness of an inward check.
    6.7 -- Book 6 Chapter 7 -- Philip Re-enters (12% in)
  • "And after all," he went on, in an impatient tone, trying to defeat his own scruples as well as hers, "I am breaking no positive engagement; if Lucy's affections had been withdrawn from me and given to some one else, I should have felt no right to assert a claim on her.
    6.11 -- Book 6 Chapter 11 -- In the Lane (71% in)

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