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used in The Mill on the Floss

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self-punishment, prayer, or other atonement (action to make up for wrong-doing)


a religious sacrament (practice) often called confession involving confession, forgiveness, and atonement
  • And if he should do great penances, yet are they but little.
    4.3 — Book 4 Chapter 3 — A Voice from the Past (65% in)
  • Youth and health have withstood well the involuntary and voluntary hardships of her lot, and the nights in which she has lain on the hard floor for a penance have left no obvious trace; the eyes are liquid, the brown cheek is firm and round, the full lips are red.
    5.1 — Book 5 Chapter 1 — In the Red Deeps (22% in)
  • Ought she to shrink in this way from the long penance of life, which was all the possibility she had of lightening the load to some other sufferers, and so changing that passionate error into a new force of unselfish human love?
    7.5 — Book 7 Chapter 5 — The Last Conflict (20% in)

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