Notes on the text
These notes, by John McGivering, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Traffics and Discoveries, as published and frequently reprinted between 1904 and 1950.
The eyes of the Templar flashed fire at this reproof— "Hearken," he said, "Rebecca; I have hitherto spoken mildly to thee, but now my language shall be that of a conqueror. Thou art the captive of my bow and spear, subject to my will by the laws of all nations; nor will I abate an inch of my right, or abstain from taking by violence what thou refusest to entreaty or necessity."See Something of Myself p.12 for Kipling's experience of Scott at an early age. [R.A.] There are also echoes of this expression in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 6, 23: 'They shall lay hold on bow and spear...').
To foreigners, a Yankee is an American.Page 32 line 31] A little thing like a King’s neither here nor there the speaker is obviously a supporter of the South who regards Zigler as a worse traitor than the Revolutionaries of 1776 when the America colonies became independent. See page 33, line 11 onwards.
To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner.
To Northerners, a Yankee is an Easterner.
To Easterners, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter.
And in Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast.