unforgivingness


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unforgivingness

(ˌʌnfəˈɡɪvɪŋnəs)
n
the state of being unforgiving
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She knew not how such an offence as hers might be classed by the laws of worldly politeness, to what a degree of unforgivingness it might with propriety lead, nor to what rigours of rudeness in return it might justly make her amenable.
The acts of betrayal and unforgivingness in Hardy's own relationship with Emma Lavinia appear to be equally ambiguous: both spouses were to hold on to the "ashes" to the bitter end.
Part of her misery comes from her confusion about the severity of her mistake: "She knew not how such an offence as her's might be classed by the laws of worldly politeness, to what a degree of unforgivingness it might.., lead, nor to what rigours of rudeness.., it might justly make her amenable" (92).