Beth, in tears, hurt all over. Totally surprised by Rufus's violent attack when before she'd thought him totally safe, thoughts rushed through her head. She could hardly cry rape, because she had come willingly to his room at night, armed with wine.
Rufus was contrite.
"So, so sorry, Beth", he started, "No idea what came over me. Please forgive me. Let me help you. I'm never like that!"
Beth wanted no help, but was inclined to believe him.
"Can it be our secret?" Rufus asked, "promise?"
But a secret is something you tell people one at a time!