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He advised others that God does not desire fasts: "Contriteness and humility are what fasts are supposed to accomplish and 'according to my masters' (e.g.
Composing an apology may be the technical letter of the demand, but writing it to convey sincere contriteness is the true spirit of the demand.
"I am grateful to the panel for its consideration of all the factors such as my contriteness and failure to repeat the offence, the impact on me, my health and family and that they have reflected that by imposing the minimum suspension.
But his quickly-penned contriteness failed to wash with many observers, with some calling for him to resign.
(218) Don Juan Manuel's initial egocentric sarcasm and insincerity are completely transformed to contriteness in Romance de lobos: