The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:|
The captain had already turned aside to address his men. "Two of you
outside, guard that window," he ordered. "The rest of you, in the
passage. Bestir there!"
"Take your precautions, by all means, sir," said Wilding; "but I give
you my word of honour I shall attempt no escape.
Wentworth nodded without replying. His eye lighted on Blake - who had
been seemingly forgotten in the confusion - and on Richard. A
kindliness for the man who met his end so unflinchingly, a respect
for so worthy an emeny, actuated the red-faced captain.
"You had better take yourself off, Sir Rowland," said he. "And you,
Mr. Westmacott - you can wait in the passage with my men.