Why don't you say outright that you want me to marry Mabel Lanfarne?
That thought has manned me and upheld me when anguish was near to slaying me outright.
I refused him outright, and of course, he couldn't believe it.
No wild hope of love would prevent him, now, from killing me outright.
You do that because you daren't say outright you mean to have everything your own way.