Anxious to avoid a conflict with such an old man, and ashamed at being caught attempting to steal from him, you make your apologies and prepare to leave. He seems pleased with this and gives you a small leather purse containing five gold pieces, saying:
'Here, take these. You have half a conscience, my friend. There are a few shops along the way that might be able to help you out.'
You thank him and get back on your way.