At the first moment, Arthur had felt pure distress and self-reproach
at discovering that Adam's happiness was involved in his relation to Hetty.
In this world the penalty is less equal than could be wished; but without presuming to look forward to a juster appointment hereafter, we may fairly consider a man of sense, like Henry Crawford, to be providing for himself no small portion of vexation and regret: vexation that must rise sometimes to self-reproach
, and regret to wretchedness, in having so requited hospitality, so injured family peace, so forfeited his best, most estimable, and endeared acquaintance, and so lost the woman whom he had rationally as well as passionately loved.
Astley's my suffering was genuine, and my self-reproach
and contrition which are displayed in his remark appear to me to be the signs of a healthy mind rather than of a guilty one.
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.
He would have swum to shore with merely a feeling of amused self-reproach
akin to that of the man who absent-mindedly walks into a lamp-post in the street.
There is no beau whom it takes four men at once to shake into his buckskins, or who goes to see all the executions, or who is troubled with the self-reproach
of having once consumed a pea.
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.
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.
A moralist might have said that at this point his mind should have been full of self-reproach
for the suffering he had caused.
After the unscrupulous manner in which you have imposed on my liberality by deceiving me into giving you fifty pounds for a n audacious caricature of myself, which it is impossible to hang up in any room of the house, I think this instance of my forgiving disposition still to befriend you, after all that has happened, ought to appeal to any better feelings that you may still have left, and revive the long dormant emotions of repentance and self-reproach
, when you think on your obedient servant,
Emily drew back from the bed, conscious of an overpowering sense of self-reproach
Stung by my own sense of self-reproach
, I turned with a start, and looked toward her chair by the window.
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 gone some way, lost in doubt and in self-reproach
, his mind all tremulous with a thousand new-found thoughts and fears and wonderments, when of a sudden there was a light rustle of the leaves behind him, and, glancing round, there was this graceful, swift-footed creature, treading in his very shadow, with her proud head bowed, even as his was--the picture of humility and repentance.