And if there were such a thing as taking averages of feeling, it would certainly be found that in the hunting and shooting seasons regret, self-reproach
, and mortified pride weigh lighter on country gentlemen than in late spring and summer.
"But you wouldn't have married me then, Nancy, if I'd told you," said Godfrey, urged, in the bitterness of his self-reproach
, to prove to himself that his conduct had not been utter folly.
In making me the offer, you must have satisfied the delicacy of your feelings with regard to my family, and may take possession of Longbourn estate whenever it falls, without any self-reproach
. This matter may be considered, therefore, as finally settled." And rising as she thus spoke, she would have quitted the room, had Mr.
My tranquillity as a woman--perhaps my dearest interests as a wife--depended absolutely on penetrating the mystery of my mother-in-law's conduct, and on discovering the true meaning of the wild words of penitence and self-reproach
which my husband had addressed to me on our way home.
He had suffered, and he had learned to think: two advantages that he had never known before; and the self-reproach
arising from the deplorable event in Wimpole Street, to which he felt himself accessory by all the dangerous intimacy of his unjustifiable theatre, made an impression on his mind which, at the age of six-and-twenty, with no want of sense or good companions, was durable in its happy effects.
But, though she noticed it, she was herself in such high spirits at that moment, so far from sorrow, sadness, or self-reproach
, that she purposely deceived herself as young people often do.
That last sentence made Fanny shut the book, with a face full of self-reproach
; for she had said those words herself, in a fit of petulance, and Polly had made no answer, though her eyes filled and her cheeks burned.
A moralist might have said that at this point his mind should have been full of self-reproach
for the suffering he had caused.
He showed the more respect to this queen, deprived of every mark of pomp and stripped of followers, as he felt some self-reproach
for his own want of heart and his avarice.
"Such," observed Captain Bonneville, "is the effect of self-reproach
, even upon the roving trapper in the wilderness, who has little else to fear than the stings of his own guilty conscience."
Besides the jar of contrast there came to her a chill self-reproach
that she had not returned sooner, to help her mother in these domesticities, instead of indulging herself out-of-doors.
His heart sank, and, half out of bed already, he stopped; he did not know how he was going to face her; he was overwhelmed with a sudden rush of self-reproach
, and bitterly, bitterly, he regretted what he had done.