Which of the following words or phrases from the passage below best illustrates that Maurice still has some connection to the morals taught to him by his parents and civilized society?
In his other life Maurice had received chastisement for filling a younger eye with sand. Now, though there was no parent to let fall a heavy hand, Maurice still felt the unease of wrongdoing. At the back of his mind formed the uncertain outlines of an excuse. He muttered something about a swim and broke into a trot.