The impacts on his ass force him forward,
shuffling step by step across the room until
The jumble of presents around his feet reminds him of his son.
rekindles Tom's spirit and fuels his cunning.
Surely the Guard's hand must be burning hot by now.
He must be full of frustration, anger and embarrassment
at his victim's endurance and refusal to capitulate
Contemplating a shameful failure marring on his record.
by making a crafty pretence of suffering
and a friendly appeal to his good nature.