This advice, although good, was totally inapplicable to my case; I should have been the first to hide my grief and console my friends if remorse
had not mingled its bitterness, and terror its alarm, with my other sensations.
The man he sacrificed to his ambition, that innocent victim immolated on the altar of his father's faults, appeared to him pale and threatening, leading his affianced bride by the hand, and bringing with him remorse
, not such as the ancients figured, furious and terrible, but that slow and consuming agony whose pangs are intensified from hour to hour up to the very moment of death.
The sight of Margaret turned remorse
into new channels.
"And, George," she said timidly, "you are as full of remorse as ever, aren't you?"
"Oh dear!" exclaimed Wendy, with her first real twinge of remorse [for having gone], "it was quite time we came back,"
which had embittered her married life was deadened now to a dull despair.
He had not the usual resource of bigots in that superstitious period, most of whom were wont to atone for the crimes they were guilty of by liberality to the church, stupefying by this means their terrors by the idea of atonement and forgiveness; and although the refuge which success thus purchased, was no more like to the peace of mind which follows on sincere repentance, than the turbid stupefaction procured by opium resembles healthy and natural slumbers, it was still a state of mind preferable to the agonies of awakened remorse. But among the vices of Front-de-B uf, a hard and griping man, avarice was predominant; and he preferred setting church and churchmen at defiance, to purchasing from them pardon and absolution at the price of treasure and of manors.
The fever of his body aided the impatience and agony of his mind, and his death-bed exhibited a mixture of the newly awakened feelings of horror, combating with the fixed and inveterate obstinacy of his disposition; a fearful state of mind, only to be equalled in those tremendous regions, where there are complaints without hope, remorse without repentance, a dreadful sense of present agony, and a presentiment that it cannot cease or be diminished!
One morning, in cool blood, I slipped a noose about its neck and hung it to the limb of a tree; - hung it with the tears streaming from my eyes, and with the bitterest remorse
at my heart; - hung it because I knew that it had loved me, and because I felt it had given me no reason of offence; - hung it because I knew that in so doing I was committing a sin - a deadly sin that would so jeopardize my immortal soul as to place it - if such a thing wore possible - even beyond the reach of the infinite mercy of the Most Merciful and Most Terrible God.
But it is a good thing for proprietors who perish morally, bring remorse
upon themselves, stifle this remorse
and grow callous, as a result of being able to inflict punishments justly and unjustly.
"I only remind you of your own words, sir: you said error brought remorse
, and you pronounced remorse
the poison of existence."
Yet, since I had drunk so deeply of the pure fountain of religion in my early youth, I was haunted in the depths of my soul, through all my wanderings, by an ideal of moral perfection which could not fail one day to bring me back to God by the paths of weariness and remorse
. Is not he who feels the pleasures of earth most keenly, sure to be attracted, soon or late, by the fruits of heaven?
A king does not allow himself to soften save at the tears of the innocent, the remorse
of the guilty.
I can even perceive some faint possibility of truth in the explanation which you described as the mesmeric theory-- that what I saw might be the result of magnetic influence communicated to me, as I lay between the remains of the murdered husband above me and the guilty wife suffering the tortures of remorse
at my bedside.
"He's to be pitied, he's weighed down by remorse