He would have had his hand chopped off before he would have allowed himself by a word, by a hint, to humiliate her, or even to fall short of the fullest respect a woman could look for.
His attitude to society, too, was clear.
Everyone might know, might suspect it, but no one might dare to speak of it.
If any did so, he was ready to force all who might speak to be silent and to respect the non-existent honor of the woman he loved.

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