His lawlessness was a shield against their expectations.
"I know what you're t'inking; if you've read one love story, you may as well have read them all. But I can guarantee that you haven't read this one before. And it isn't a tale of traditional love by any means. So for those of you who read on, I will say this one t'ing: if it has to be there at all, it's best that you find trouble rather than trouble finding you."