but he would have me give him satisfaction,

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Hi friends, this is coming from Colonel Jack
by Defoe.

I guessed what it (bold one) meant. He would take revenge from Colonel Jack.
But I think it's a strange saying becauese he added "as he called it" Am I right?

I spoke this all in good humour and in order to pacify him, but it
would not do; but he would have me give him satisfaction, as he called it.
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    No. It just reflects the fact that [he would have me] give him satisfaction is a euphemism for challenging someone to a duel. The man doesn’t challenge him directly, but it’s what he meant / how he put it / “as he called it”. He called a duel “giving him satisfaction”.
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