pay the penalty

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See: repent
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I exclaimed; "never will I release thee; thou shalt pay the penalty of thine impostures.
It was only poetic justice that the chief mate who had made a mistake - perhaps a half-excusable one - about the distribution of his ship's cargo should pay the penalty.
Here you are wishing to go away and leave us; yet, be careful lest it would not be I who had to pay the penalty of your doing so.
I have to pay the penalty now, and I am ready to pay.
That you succeeded in shifting the guilt upon the Prince of Helium was fortunate, and a masterly move of strategy; but were the girl to know the truth and ever return to her father's court, all Dusar would have to pay the penalty, and to have her here a prisoner amongst us would be an admission of guilt from the consequences of which naught could save us.
I will not punish you; but the real evil-doer shall pay the penalty for both.
If he should be so mad as to defy us, to incite you to disobedience, he must pay the penalty.
At first sight of this phenomenon (for Dolly was by no means accustomed to displays of this sort, rather learning from her mother's example to avoid them as much as possible) Mrs Varden expressed her belief that never was any woman so beset as she; that her life was a continued scene of trial; that whenever she was disposed to be well and cheerful, so sure were the people around her to throw, by some means or other, a damp upon her spirits; and that, as she had enjoyed herself that day, and Heaven knew it was very seldom she did enjoy herself so she was now to pay the penalty.
Well, your head shall answer for it," returned the monarch, "and if in three months he is not safe back with me, or at any rate does not send me news of his safety, your life shall pay the penalty.
No, no," he said to the patron, "I was awkward, and it is just that I pay the penalty of my clumsiness.
On the other hand, the majority of the populace unquestionably would demand that we pay the penalty of our sacrilege.
Those who could fled, until at last there were no more to pay the penalty for a deed, which, while not beyond them, they were, nevertheless, not guilty of.