There is nothing we are fonder of communicating to others than the seal of secrecy – together with what is under it.[Nichts theilen wir so gern an Andere mit, als das Siegel der Verschwiegenheit – sammt dem, was darunter ist.]
There are things that I canna tell you, at least not yet. And I’ll ask nothing of ye that ye canna give me. But what I would ask of ye—when you do tell me something, let it be the truth. And I’ll promise ye the same. We have nothing now between us, save—respect, perhaps. And I think that respect has maybe room for secrets, but not for lies. Do ye agree?
Our souls are like those orphans whose unwedded mothers die in bearing them: the secret of our paternity lies in their grave, and we must there to learn it.