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General => Language Questions => Topic started by: t k on June 12, 2019, 05:17:51 am

Title: ---- they were forgiven her
Post by: t k on June 12, 2019, 05:17:51 am
She ventured more than once or twice to return to the subject of her sins, and implored Theobald to make quite sure that they were forgiven her.  She hinted that she considered his professional reputation was at stake; it would never do for his own wife to fail in securing at any rate a pass.  This was touching Theobald on a tender spot; he winced and rejoined with an impatient toss of the head, “But, Christina, they are forgiven you”; and then he entrenched himself in a firm but dignified manner behind the Lord’s prayer.  (from THE WAY OF ALL FLESH, by Samuel Butler; a larger context is here (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2084/2084-h/2084-h.htm); use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "they were forgiven her".  Thanks.  --- tk
Title: Re: ---- they were forgiven her
Post by: Darryl on June 13, 2019, 10:28:37 am
Her sins had been forgiven.