Besides, those who contrive this plan of community cannot easily avoid the following evils; namely, blows, murders involuntary or voluntary, quarrels, and reproaches, all which it would be impious indeed to be guilty of towards our fathers and mothers, or those who are nearly related to us; though not to those who are not connected to us by any tie of affinity: and certainly these mischiefs must necessarily happen oftener amongst those who do not know how they are connected to each other than those who do; and when they do happen, if it is among the first of these, they admit of a legal expiation
, but amongst the latter that cannot be done.
No doubt, in the eyes of men, it has none; but I look on it as a slight expiation
for a fearful sin of which I have been guilty, and if your Highness will deign to listen to my tale, you will see that no punishment could atone for the crime."
It seemed to him that it was all in expiation
of some crime which, though conscious of his guilt, he could not rightly remember.
"We had her wrong in our thoughts," said Delcarte, "and the least that we can do in expiation
is to find and rescue her."
I had meant to make the happiness of a woman's life, to love, to be the head of a family, and in this way my need of expiation
would have been satisfied to the full.
I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation
for itself and wearing out.
Perhaps all blood demands some expiation
. Hers had been accomplished; it remains, possibly, for us to accomplish ours."
As to the sailors, he was sure that the jungle would exact from them expiation
for their villainies, nor, doubtless, was he wrong, for his were the last white man's eyes to rest upon any of them.
'But if you will be guided by me, spare yourself the reading of those pages to come, which describe our brother's terrible expiation
of his heartless marriage.'
And thus, while standing on the scaffold, in this vain show of expiation
Let this be said for her; let the truth which has been told of the fault be told of the expiation
A very necessary feature of the expiation
is the marksmanship of my opponent.