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A sublime one saw I to-day, a solemn one, a penitent of the spirit: Oh, how my soul laughed at his ugliness!
"And I you a happy New Year," responded the Second Blighted Being, with the accent of a penitent accordeon.
I shall relate my wrongs, the persecutions that I endure--I, a helpless mortal, a penitent, an unoffending poet!" Halpin Frayser was a poet only as he was a penitent: in his dream.
She now presented herself, with an elaborate apology, and with the nearest approach to a penitent expression of which her face was capable.
"Well, was it nice?" she asked, coming out to meet him with a penitent and meek expression.
She looks perfectly timid, dejected, and penitent. She is very pretty, though not so handsome as her mother, nor at all like her.
I come to you full of contrition, I am penitent. I make my confession.
Brooker died penitent. Sir Mulberry Hawk lived abroad for some years, courted and caressed, and in high repute as a fine dashing fellow.
On entering this holy place, the poor penitent was unable to shut the door so close as to prevent the passions he fled from entering with him.
At the same time I was genuinely touched and penitent, I used to shed tears and, of course, deceived myself, though I was not acting in the least and there was a sick feeling in my heart at the time....
Following this letter one of the Masonic Brothers whom Pierre respected less than the others forced his way in to see him and, turning the conversation upon Pierre's matrimonial affairs, by way of fraternal advice expressed the opinion that his severity to his wife was wrong and that he was neglecting one of the first rules of Freemasonry by not forgiving the penitent.
My state of depression would have gratified the most exacting of Methodists; and my penitent face would have made my fortune if I could only have been exhibited by a reformatory association on the platform of Exeter Hall.