Raoul is an enlightened man. He risked his own authority to show mercy to his young wife Bess, but she needs to know what could have happened to her.
"People expected me to make a public spectacle of you. I should have spanked you in the middle of the bailey before the entire castle, or tied you to a post and whipped you. That’s what my father would have done. It doesn’t happen that a Lord’s bride runs from him like some feral beast. I do not wish to break your spirit because it is for your spirit above all that I love you. But you must prove to me that you will obey me henceforth.”