"Let me go!" she said.
"Simply repeating that same plain imperative over and over again is really not very persuasive," answered the hostage-taker.
The svelte woman who had been silently smoking in the corner, and who may well have been running the operation, elaborated on the point: "Everybody wants something. The violent overthrow of an established government, for example. To be persuasive, you have to show me how giving you what you want will get me what I want, too." The hostage did not seem convinced.