Her actions toward Julie, her mother and to Betsy with whom she shares a special relationship are markedly different.
There was nothing maternal about her feelings for Alex – nor anything paternal about his actions toward her when they were alone.
You turned me away with your suspicious actions, long before Alex came along.
He was able to see, hear, smell and predict the actions of those around him.
Cromwell, who was as a rule especially scrupulous in protecting non-combatants from violence, justified his severity in this case by the cruelties perpetrated by the Irish in the rebellion of 1641, and as being necessary on military and political grounds in that it "would tend to prevent the effusion of blood for the future, which were the satisfactory grounds of such actions which otherwise cannot but work remorse and regret."