A Fair Penitent
Delve into the seamy underside of eighteenth-century Paris in this gripping short story from beloved British author Wilkie Collins. The fair penitent of the title is a renowned stage actress who decides to give up her life of cultural refinement and cushy creature comforts to seek out a more spiritually fulfilling path. Will she find a way to make things right and repent?
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actress adopted orphan afflicted afterwards amiability Archbishop awake began to feel begged Carmelite convent Carmelite nun Carmelite nuns cat-o'-nine cat-o'-nine-tails cheerfully church confession conscience conversion destitute devotion dinner discipline of flagellation dreadfully Duclos eighteenth century eleven o'clock entering a convent entreat FAIR PENITENT famous farewell Father Deveaux fervour flog footman Frenchwoman friends heart Heaven holy humility indulgence instrument of flagellation interview knees La Trappe letter lived Lyons Mademoiselle Gautier mass mind Miserere months morning narrative never to return night nuns of Anticaille nuns of Pondevaux Order pardon Paris parlour-boarder Passion perpetual person pious exercise plump pretext Quinault Dufresne receive visitors remorse resolution sacrifice Saint Perpetua Saint Sulpice saintly seclusion serious seventeen hundred shedding tears shoulders sisterhood stage stewed carp taking the veil Theatre Francois three hours tranquillity Trappe vanity Versailles vicar of Saint WILKIE COLLINS wish worldly writing wrote youth