He had always just assumed that everybody loved him, had never really had cause to doubt he was afine man, worthy of the highest respect. But Ardee didn’t like him, he saw it now, and that made him think. Apart from the jaw, of course, and the money and the clothes, what was there to like?1
Afterwards, he drinking and gambling with his officer friends, distracted by thoughts of West’s sister. When Brint makes some crude comments about Ardee, Jezal reacts with an aggression that surprises even himself. Stalking away, Jezal tries to regain his composure against a wall outside. He realises that he’s actually in love with Ardee West. And worse, she isn’t genuinly interested in him.