old sins cast long shadows
- Cf. 1638 SUCKLING Aglaura v. in Plays (1971) 110 Our sins, like to our shadowes, When our day is in its glorie scarce appear: Towards our evening how great and monstrous they are!
1924 D. VANE Scar xxiii. ‘You don’t look well... No fresh worry, I hope.’ ‘No,’ wearily. ‘Only old sins have long shadows.’
1957 V. BRITTAIN Testament of Experience I. iii. If he hadn’t been killed, they would probably never have become what they were... Bygone battles, like old sins, cast long shadows.
1987 C. GRAHAM Killings at Badger’s Drift viii. ‘The father was no good. Drove his poor wife into her grave.’ ‘So I understood.’ ‘Old sins cast long shadows.’
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