by Robert Browning
Porphyria's Lover Sin Quotes
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Too weak, for all her heart's endeavour,
To set its struggling passion free
From pride, […] (20-24)
The speaker doesn't consider Porphyria's presence there to be a sin. For him, the real sin is her "weak[ness]" and "pride" – her unwillingness to throw off society's expectations and be with him forever.
That moment she was mine, mine, fair,
Perfectly pure and good: […] (36-37)
The moment that Porphyria "worship[s]" the speaker, he decides that she's no longer committing the sin of "pride" and she becomes "perfectly pure and good."