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Forgiveness

Angelica, Suor
is forgiven by the Virgin Mary for ill-considered suicide. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, Suor Angelica, Westerman, 364]
Bishop of Digne
character who forgives Jean Valjean when latter steals the bishop’s valuables. [Fr. Lit.: Les Misérables]
Christ
forgives man for his sins. [Christianity: Misc.]
fatted
calf killed to celebrate return of prodigal son. [N.T.: Luke 15:23]
Matthias
of his brother, for twenty years’ false imprisonment. [Ger. Opera: Kienzl, The Evangelist, Westerman, 264]
Melibee
shepherd who pardons his enemies. [Br. Lit.: Canter-bury Tales, “Tale of Melibee”]
Myriel, Bishop
saintly cleric befriends Jean Valjean after the latter steals his candlesticks. [Fr. Lit.: Victor Hugo Les Misérables]
Porgy
of Bess’s promiscuity with Crown. [Am. Opera: Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, Westerman, 555]
prodigal son
received with open arms by loving father. [N.T.: Luke 15:20–21]
Tannhäuser
unexpectedly absolved by the Pope for sinning in the Venusberg. [Ger. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 932]
Timberlane, Cass
receives Jinny after her extramarital venture. [Am. Lit.: Cass Timberlane]
Titus Roman
emperor pardons those attempting his destruction. [Ger. Opera: Mozart, La Clemenza di Tito, Westerman, 100–101]
References in classic literature ?
I never shall forgive you," was Jo's stern answer, and from that moment she ignored Amy entirely.
I hope the Lord -- I KNOW the Lord will forgive him, because it was such good- heartedness in him to tell it.
But she shall forgive me again, and on more reasonable grounds.
For I never was less disposed to forgive him the way he used to batter Traddles, than when I saw Traddles so ready to forgive him himself.
She is going to write a letter to the friends at the Hall Farm for me to give them when she is gone, and when I told her you were here, she said, 'I should like to say good-bye to Adam and ask him to forgive me.
Cosmus, duke of Florence, had a desperate saying against perfidious or neglecting friends, as if those wrongs were unpardonable; You shall read (saith he) that we are commanded to forgive our enemies; but you never read, that we are commanded to forgive our friends.
It was as joyful to be forgiven past unworthinesses as to forgive them.
But if I forgive her for the sake of doing right, then let union with her have only a spiritual aim.
And they all forgave her; I never knew of one who did not forgive her; I think had there been one it would have proved that there was a flaw in her.
Methought that it was I who was trying to save you, and may heaven forgive me else, for surely that be my only excuse for running away from a handful of swords.
She 's sorry, I know, and won't forget what you say any more, if you 'll forgive her this once," cried Polly, very earnestly, when the foolish little story was told.
Say to Ariel, 'I forgive him; and one day I will let him see me again.