"What did you do that for?" I asked curiously.
"What?" he said, straightening up and wiping his face on his sleeve. He felt the split lip gingerly, wincing slightly.
"Offer to take that girl’s punishment for her. Do you know her?" I felt a certain diffidence about asking, but I really wanted to know what lay behind that quixotic gesture.
"I ken who she is. Havena spoken to her, though."
"Then why did you do it?" He shrugged, a movement that also made him wince.
"It would have shamed the lass, to be beaten in Hall. Easier for me."
"Easier?" I echoed incredulously, looking at his smashed face. He was probing his bruised ribs experimentally with his free hand, but looked up and gave me a one-sided grin.
"Aye. She’s verra young. She would ha’ been shamed before everyone as knows her, and it would take a long time to get over it. I’m sore, but no really damaged; I’ll get over it in a day or two."
"But why you?" I asked. He looked as though he thought this an odd question.
"Why not me?" he said.
Let us take a moment to remember those unfortunate souls who have no idea if and when Outlander will come to them.