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The sight of a soldier in full array, with what appeared to be a long knife glittering on the end of a musket, struck Baptiste with such affright that he took to his heels, bawling for mercy at the top of his voice.
As Seneca said, "Once we have driven away all that excites or affrights us, there ensues unbroken tranquility and enduring freedom.
Early in the play, Queen Margaret wishes that Richard will have 'no sleep' except 'while some tormenting dream | Affrights thee with a hell of ugly devils'.
In response to Cariola's cry of despair, the Duchess stoically replies "Peace, it affrights me not" (4.