“She had always been beautiful in his eyes, and admirable, too.
He had worshipped her,
in some ways,
for her courage in adversity,
for her resistance to the ways of his own world.
But that had been bravery under siege and now,
it seemed, she single-handedly gave siege to the same society which,
a few months before,
had threatened to engulf and destroy her identity.
There was a determination in her bearing,
an air of confidence,
that proclaimed to everyone what he had always sensed in her
– and he was proud that his world should see her as the woman he knew,
in full command of herself and her situation.”