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     Horace suggested, “It would be nice if you would forget you ever saw me. Let me go.”
     The voice was suddenly sharp. “Why should I? You were going to rob me. If I let you go, you’ll only rob someone else. Society must be protected from men like you.”
     Horace smiled. “I’m not a man who threatens society. I steal only from those who have a lot of money. I steal for a very good reason. And I hate the thought of prison.”
Horace gave a suggestion/indirect warning to the young woman that she must forget about his visit to her home and let him go without any punishment. On hearing Horace's words, her voice tone changed and she started speaking in a sharp and loud voice. She asked him as to why should she let him go. Furthermore, she argued that he was there to rob her things and if she spared him, he would go and rob someone else. She stated that society needed to be safeguarded against people like him. Horace, on the other hand, was cool enough to manage the situation; he smiled at her and said that he was not a threat to society since he only stole from the wealthy ones.
Before that young woman, he had presented his own vision of justice for stealing things. Furthermore, he emphasised that he stole for a good reason and despised the thought of going to prison. Horace's statement revealed his concern of being cornered by cops in the Grange house at the same time. He tried to persuade the woman by citing his own burglary ethics.
Meaning of difficult words:
S. No.
ThreatenTo pose a danger to someone or 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.