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Struggles and resolves had transformed themselves into compunction and anxiety.
Thereupon the confessor quitted his penitent with an air full of compunction.
But they were generally accompanied by a sense of compunction and self-abasement of which Newland Archer felt no trace.
It faded away in mere surprise, and, next instant, my elderly and reverend friend was causing me some compunction by coloring like a boy.
He beheld her strike her breast with the compunction of a Christian woman.
Not that Rokoff would have felt the slightest compunction in ignoring any promises he might have made the girl, but he disliked the idea of having to sue for favour with one who had so recently assaulted and escaped him.
He ruins a man with as little compunction as one could fancy him, in his younger days, pulling the legs from a fly.
Death seems the only desirable sequel for a career like this; but Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored; therefore, to the death-longing eyes of such men, who still have left in them some interior compunctions against suicide, does the all-contributed and all-receptive ocean alluringly spread forth his whole plain of unimaginable, taking terrors, and wonderful, new-life adventures; and from the hearts of infinite Pacifics, the thousand mermaids sing to them -- Come hither, broken-hearted; here is another life without the guilt of intermediate death; here are wonders supernatural, without dying for them.
He of course felt no compunctions for proposing a general as a sacrifice.
His compunctions cooled as the self-satisfaction of a near revenge crowded out the finer instincts that had for a moment asserted themselves--the good that he had inherited from the slave woman was once again submerged in the bad blood that had come down to him from his royal sire; as, in the end, it always was.
However, when times are good, they have no compunction in gouging resources, branches and employees from our small regional communities which can least afford it.
They have no compunction if human lives are lost in their selfish pursuit of money.