If he loved her, he would have married her; if he loved Giselle, he would have
carried her off by now. Here Linda begins to wonder: what can the mysterious thing
be that he wants? The answer, of course, is the silver, symbolizing the People's
independent worth -- and their desire to retain it in society. In this
paragraph, lawful society begins to suspect that the People need society for something,
and thus can possibly be reclaimed.