Durgan sees the young man getting angry.
"Kesten, if you gain a prominent role, then an accusation could appear, true or not. Spread by our enemies, or your relatives resentful of your rise, or just the distortion of whispered stories over time.
Unlike some militaries, we will not give our soldiers leeway to rape, so there cannot be a whisper that an officer had done that. I do not believe it to be the case. I believe the 'scandal' was only that she was a commoner. And I would like that assurance from you directly. I use no magic here. I trust you to be honest. Tell me the truth, and if a false accusation ever does arise, I will hunt down those responsible and demand a public retraction and apology.
And you loved her, perhaps we can help."
Just to be clear, it sounds like Durgan is inferring that Kesten might be the sort of man who one might suspect of rape.
Kesten draws himself up to parade-ground attention. "No, sir. There was no force involved." He says stiffly, trembling with barely contained anger.