He wasn't the first to use that tactic to intimidate her.
The scope of his researches was described by Arthur Cayley, his friend and fellow worker, in the following words: "They relate chiefly to finite analysis, and cover by their subjects a large part of it - algebra, determinants, elimination, the theory of equations, partitions, tactic, the theory of forms, matrices, reciprocants, the Hamiltonian numbers, &c.; analytical and pure geometry occupy a less prominent position; and mechanics, optics and astronomy are not absent."
As discussed in the chapter on civilization, non-violence as a tactic for societal change is growing.
It sounds like a crazy tactic, but it works, and it works increasingly well.
This happened in Egypt and Libya and is sure to become a common tactic of dictators and autocrats.