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     She laughed, and he begged, thinking that he had persuaded her, “Look, I have no right to ask you for anything, but I’m desperate. Let me go and I promise never to do this kind of thing again. I really mean it.”
     She was silent, watching him closely. Then she said, “You are really afraid of going to prison, aren’t you?”
     She came over to him shaking her head. “I have always liked the wrong kind of people.”
     She picked up a silver box from the table and took a cigarette from it. Horace, eager to please her and seeing that she might help him, took off his gloves and gave her his cigarette lighter.
Despite Horace's best efforts to gain sympathy through his own burglary ethics, the young woman remained unconvinced. After hearing about Horace's robbery ethics, she laughed at him. Horace, believing that he had persuaded her with his statements, saw her laughing. So, he pleaded with her to let him leave the house once more. He was desperate, and he was willing to go to any extent to get out of the situation he had found himself in. He told her he would not steal again if she let him leave her house without informing or calling the cops.
For a long time, the young woman sat and listened to him, her gaze fixed on him. She sarcastically asked whether he was worried about going to prison, which was an indirect warning. She then approached him, shaking her head, and told him that she always liked the wrong kind of people. Horace was in a bad situation and desperately wanted to get out of her house. As a result, he failed to see the inner meaning of her words, that she always preferred the wrong kind of people. Horace was in such a rush that he missed the essence of these words, which would become clear in the following sessions.
She then took out a cigarette from a silver cigarette box on the table. Nonetheless, Horace was confident that if he could please her, she would be willing to assist him. He swiftly removed his gloves and handed her his cigarette lighter, ignorant of the consequences. Of all the burglaries he'd committed before, this was the first time he'd taken off his gloves. He had no idea how that behaviour would get him into trouble later. He did so because he thought the young woman was the true owner of the house. 
Meaning  of difficult words:
S. No.
Persuade To convince someone
DesperateWorried without any hope
Took offTo remove something
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2008). Honeydew. A Question of Trust - Victor Canning (pp 20-24). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.