as indeed could be taken of a coward


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Hi everyone, this is coming from Colonel Jack by Defoe.
I wonder that these two cowards refer to same person, namely Colonel Jack?
In other words, Does Colonel Jack do an irony about himself? He took a revenge which only a coward could take?

…since he knew also that I was fully informed of it, but that I must be a great coward, as well as a cuckold, or that I would resent it, and that it was now a very proper time to call him to an account for it; and therefore bade him, if he durst show his face to what he had done, and defend the name of a captain of a man-of-war, as they said he had been, to draw.

I had now as much satisfaction as indeed could be taken of a coward and had no more to say to him; but as I knew it would make a great noise about the town, I immediately removed my family, and, that I might be perfectly concealed, went into the north of England,
  • ewie

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    English English
    'He' thinks CJ is a coward and ought to challenge 'him' to a duel.
    CJ, who thinks 'he' is a coward, challenges 'him' to a duel ~ this was once called demanding satisfaction.