What does the author mean by “When he and himself agreed upon anything, the thing was done”? Why has he expressed the meaning in this way?I don't get his question. I don"t understand it....

What does the author mean by “When he and himself agreed upon anything, the thing was done”? Why has he expressed the meaning in this way?

I don't get his question. I don"t understand it. Can someone please help me with it?

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ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This quote is in reference to the King.  The autor is lettinng us know the character of the king.  He was a man who asked for counsel from no one. This is what is ment by "self communing."  He thought about what he wanted to be done and it was done.  No trial, no jury, simply the king decides that the accused will open one door or another.  If the man is guilty, he will be eaten by a tiger.  If he is innocent, he will marry there on the spot.  

  "He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal, of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts. He was greatly given to self-communing, and, when he and himself agreed upon anything, the thing was done. "

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