I have a situation where my MC - who has a dangerous reputation - was captured by an agent of Bolivian security. She takes him to her father in-law, who starts to torture him.
He learns that much of what she had said to her husband was misdirection and just a psychological tactic to keep her captive off balance.
He promotes the prisoner to houseguest, but at first this terrifies my MC as he thinks he is about to be disposed of.
Said torturer is first and foremost a man who has served his country with distinction - if in an unsavoury fashion. He sees himself as a gentleman no different from the other ranchers in his district.
How strict would the Latin laws of hospitality be and how might I best determine such? Are they as absolute as those of the Middle East?
Might this change of perception not only prevent him from harming the MC, but have him protect him as a pro tem member of his household?