He lost his place, his money, and at last came to beg for shrift and punishment.
His shrift of the morning, hurried and formal as it had been, had softened him.
Under show of shrift, or, in other words, as coming to hear me confess.
In the nature of things he felt that his own shrift must necessarily be short.
Nor dare you go near him on your own account, or short would be ...