"A peace deal depends on two parties, not one," A'Ran reminded him.
The case, as represented by the offended parties, was that, after seizing the transports, Major Denisov, being drunk, went to the chief quartermaster and without any provocation called him a thief, threatened to strike him, and on being led out had rushed into the office and given two officials a thrashing, and dislocated the arm of one of them.
Provided the parties could agree, the Code left them free to contract as a rule.
They might not sustain it, but if the parties did not dispute it, they were free to observe it.
At these parties his feelings were like those of a conjuror who always expects his trick to be found out at any moment.