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feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

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On hearing this the bachelor took his departure, as has been said, without making any reply; and Don Quixote asked Sancho what had induced him to call him the "Knight of the Rueful Countenance" more then than at any other time.
Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the rueful face behind it, until the comical side of the affair so completely overtopped every other consideration that we both burst out into a roar of laughter.
John Clayton departed chuckling, and Holmes turned to me with a shrug of his shoulders and a rueful smile.
He could not deny the justice of my request, so with a rather rueful face he went off to his bedroom, from which he returned presently pulling a large tin box behind him.
They had not gone far before they saw a cat sitting in the middle of the road and making a most rueful face.
He gave a little start, and then smiled, but his smile was rueful.
I rather imagine we'll be good," said Clayton with a rueful smile.
Bert bawled out half angry, half rueful, "You might have said you were going to tip the basket.
The beef was set before him, and he began to carve, but with the most rueful expressions of discontent.
It must rise from the opposite side," suggested Perry, casting a rueful glance at the forbidding heights that barred our further progress.
A rueful smile touched his lips as he contemplated the unhappy circumstances which surrounded the accession of this knowledge for though he was far from being without hope, he realized that only by the merest chance could he escape these people and regain his machine.
She looked up into my face with a rueful expression.
The Doctor took the bedraggled paper with a rueful face.
Then, keeping down the agitation which was raging in his breast, he took up the rake, smoothed the ground, so as to leave it on his retiring in the same state as he had found it, and, quite abashed and rueful, walked back to the door, affecting the unconcerned air of an ordinary visitor of the garden.
But I don't want to go away," she objected with rueful countenance.