You have slept precisely one hundred years. I was left here to guard your slumbers; and for one hundred years I have been out under the shed reading a book. The only evil I couldn’t prevent was to keep a broiled fowl from drying up.
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On the one hand, the tome is somewhat caring: guarding someone in slumber and trying to keep evil away. The tone is also somewhat analytical: "precisely one hundred years." Finally, we may see a sense of regret since the narrator notes there was at least one evil which was unpreventable.