Ulysses again glared at him and said, "Though you should give me all that you have in the world both now and all that you ever shall have, I will not stay my hand
till I have paid all of you in full.
You need not do so, for I well know that I am to fall here, far from my dear father and mother; none the more, however, shall I stay my hand
till I have given the Trojans their fill of fighting.
Judge Marrinan told the court the custody threshold had clearly been passed but he had decided "to stay my hand
because of the very harrowing experiences you have had in a difficult life".
But letter-writing has given me plenty of joy and fun and because I have a strong faith I always ask God to stay my hand
, so I don't write anything too cruel which might bring offence.
But on hearing that my free copy is on the way, I have decided to stay my hand