atone for


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Only, to atone for my sins, I'm bound to sit on the box.
The Beaver, who happened to hear the remark, Protested, with tears in its eyes, That not even the rapture of hunting the Snark Could atone for that dismal surprise!
No doubt, in the eyes of men, it has none; but I look on it as a slight expiation for a fearful sin of which I have been guilty, and if your Highness will deign to listen to my tale, you will see that no punishment could atone for the crime.
When the author came to revise the material, he found sins against taste which his zeal for righteousness could not suffice to atone for.
Yea, even when it commandeth itself, then also must it atone for its commanding.
Erlynne, a pushing nobody, with a delightful lisp and Venetian-red hair; Lady Alice Chapman, his hostess's daughter, a dowdy dull girl, with one of those characteristic British faces that, once seen, are never remembered; and her husband, a red-cheeked, white-whiskered creature who, like so many of his class, was under the impression that inordinate joviality can atone for an entire lack of ideas.
If he remained silent, might the mercy be trusted to atone for the lie?
The old gentleman, her father, I have heard, used to atone for his weekday sins with his Sunday devotions.
There are inconveniences attending such feelings as Marianne's, which all the charms of enthusiasm and ignorance of the world cannot atone for.
Thus we shall not even have the consolations of a full treasury, to atone for the oppression of that valuable class of the citizens who are employed in the cultivation of the soil.
Darcy; or at least, by the predominance of virtue, atone for those casual errors under which she would endeavour to class what Mr.
said the son, with a bold, free, and easy tone, while in his soul he regarded himself as a worthless scoundrel whose whole life could not atone for his crime.