No mutilation, no gore; just an effacement—prompt and absolute—'there wasn't any.'
But Quirl was heavier, and his arm harder, than Gore had supposed.
Gore was not concerned with the personal feelings of his prize.
But it did not knock out Gore, and Quirl had to pay dearly for his error.
Gore could not see, but as he writhed he knew he was in the grip of the pirate captain.