If he held the train, they would make him the scapegoat to appease the anger of Mr. Chalmers; if he sent the train through and it did not reach the western portal of the tunnel, they would put the blame on his incompetence; they would claim that he had acted against their orders, in either case.
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The President is thought to have made the statement to appease the party faithful.
If I fail English because I didn’t do my homework, there will be no appeasing my mother.