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I have a question from the sentences in additional information.
"I couldn't say Your Majesty"
I don't understand how to use "couldn't" in this case.
Why do you say "couldn't say".
Does it mean "I don't know whether they fear fire, or not."
Why don't you say this?

Queen Catherine: I wonder if Henry’s cheap display of affection works, if the melted candles please his young mistress (She turns away from the window) maybe the fireworks had the unintended benefits of frightening the heathens in the woods. (She turns to her guard Robert who has been standing in the room by the door) Do you think they fear fire, those pagans?

Robert: I couldn’t say Your Majesty.

Queen Catherine: They should. (There is knocking at the door as Catherine sighs and walks away, and there is a servant at the door.)
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