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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 ?
So she winked hard, shook her head, and said gruffly because Amy was listening, "It was an abominable thing, and she doesn't deserve to be forgiven.
Haven't you forgiven me yet for my acting last night?
But it ready is doubly and trebly hard to have crowds and multitudes of people turning up after him (I could have forgiven him), to take Ladybird's affections away from me.
You know, Copperfield,' he said, in my ear (I did not turn my head), 'you're in quite a wrong position'; which I felt to be true, and that made me chafe the more; 'you can't make this a brave thing, and you can't help being forgiven.
If you can like me only half as well once more, if you can take me with all my faults and disappointments on my head, if you can receive me like a forgiven child (and indeed I am as sorry, Biddy, and have as much need of a hushing voice and a soothing hand), I hope I am a little worthier of you that I was - not much, but a little.
The witch shall be taken out of the land, and the wickedness thereof shall be forgiven.
This was very wicked; but it was coming out by itself; and she has forgiven me because a new one will come in its place; and she was only pretending when she said she swallowed it.
When Dorian had finished the letter, he felt that he had been forgiven.
Carlotta had never forgiven Christine for the triumph which she had achieved when taking her place at a moment's notice.
It was as joyful to be forgiven past unworthinesses as to forgive them.
I could have forgiven it if he'd fallen desperately in love with someone and gone off with her.
Mr Allworthy himself spoke to the captain in his brother's behalf, and desired to know what offence the doctor had committed; when the hard-hearted villain had the baseness to say that he should never forgive him for the injury which he had endeavoured to do him in his favour; which, he said, he had pumped out of him, and was such a cruelty that it ought not to be forgiven.