Husband, dear husband, if you will but confess this dreadful crime; if you will but implore forgiveness of Heaven and of those whom you have wronged on earth; if you will dismiss these vain uneasy thoughts, which never can be realised, and will rely on Penitence
and on the Truth, I promise you, in the great name of the Creator, whose image you have defaced, that He will comfort and console you.
"But, my lord, if there be no secret of penitence
, will the director consent to my being here?"
Pelageya stopped doubtfully, but in Pierre's face there was such a look of sincere penitence
, and Prince Andrew glanced so meekly now at her and now at Pierre, that she was gradually reassured.
A small notice in an obscure corner had attracted his attention; the young man, Richardson, had been fished out of the river half drowned, and in view of his tearful and abject penitence
, had been allowed to go his way by a lenient magistrate.
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.
No answering spark of kindness, no awakening penitence
, but an unappeasable ill-humour, and a spirit of tyrannous exaction that increased with indulgence, and a lurking gleam of self-complacent triumph at every detection of relenting softness in my manner, that congealed me to marble again as often as it recurred; and this morning he finished the business:- I think the petrifaction is so completely effected at last that nothing can melt me again.