He could not bear to have her feel that he had trifled with her.
It is a time when earnest men and women cannot be trifled with on soul concerns.
Well, sir, about the inn: be at a word with me; for I'm not in a humour to be trifled with.
Also a low growl rumbled in his throat as warning that he was not to be trifled with.
In any case Jan should see that where his children ...