|Duror has started to plot against the cone-gatherers. He has been asked to organise a deer drive and comes to see Lady Runcie-Campbell to ask that the cone-gatherers act as beaters
Duror, who knew her well,
had been afraid that in her presence he might feel shamed or inspired into
abandoning his scheme against the cone-gatherers. In spite of her clothes, expensive though simple, of her valuable adornments such as earrings, brooches, and rings, and of her sometimes almost
of responsibility as a representative of the ruling class,
she had an ability to exalt people out of their humdrum selves.
Duror often associated religion
not with the smell of pinewood pews or of damp bibles, but rather
with her perfume,
so elusive to describe.
Her father the judge had bequeathed to her a passion for justice, profound and intelligent; and a determination to see right done, even at the expense of rank or pride
... Now when he was going to lie again...
he felt that he was about to commit before her eyes an obscene gesture, such as he had falsely accused the dwarf of making.