How does Balducci treat the Arab?

Balducci treats the Arab with no particular sense of malice, making sure that his horse does not walk too quickly and inflict injury on the prisoner during their journey. Balducci treats the prisoner with a matter-of-fact acceptance of his position as a police officer and of the Arab's position as an accused murderer.

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Balducci is a gendarme, or police officer, yet it is important to note that he treats the prisoner he is delivering with a certain amount of kindness. Daru watches as Balducci, his horse, and the prisoner slowly approach his schoolhouse. Head bowed, the Arab prisoner's hands are bound and tied...

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Balducci is a gendarme, or police officer, yet it is important to note that he treats the prisoner he is delivering with a certain amount of kindness. Daru watches as Balducci, his horse, and the prisoner slowly approach his schoolhouse. Head bowed, the Arab prisoner's hands are bound and tied to the horse. Balducci holds his horse back from walking too quickly, making sure that the speed does not inflict injury on the prisoner. Once inside the schoolhouse, Balducci quickly agrees that the prisoner should be untied, noting that his ropes were only "for the trip."

Balducci participates in the transport of the prisoner simply because it is his job, and he is a man of law and order. He believes that it is his responsibility to deliver this man to the authorities in Tinguit, and he fulfills this obligation with no particular malice toward the prisoner himself. He is willing to leave the man's fate to the established legal process, acknowledging that the prisoner committed a crime and that he must now submit himself to the repercussions of his actions. Balducci is neither particularly forgiving nor condemning of the prisoner, instead treating his position with a matter-of-fact attitude towards the situation.

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