A thoughtful and original definition of regret, with Bowen considering that it affirms the ability to believe in something, if only in a backwards direction. 

… the power to regret, which in a sense is the power to believe, if only in the past.  

Source: Elizabeth Bowen, A Time in Rome (London: Vintage Books, 2010), p. 192

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