And when he had finished and still stood alive and whole, their wavering impulse to break their oath and save the poor betrayed prisoner’s life faded and vanished away, for plainly this miscreant had sold himself to Satan and it would be fatal to meddle with the property of such a power as that.
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a teacher always on the lookout for miscreants
we must attack now, before yonder miscreants are strengthened by their friends.