Bishop : Please; they may help you

Bishop : Please; they may help you. (The convict takes the candlesticks in absolute amazement.) And, my son. There is a path through the woods at the back of this cottage which leads to Paris; it is a very lonely path and I have noticed that my good friends the gendarmes do not like lonely paths at night. It is curious.
(a) Why does the speaker guide the listener to the back of his cottage?
(b) Why was the listener eager to go to Paris?
© What does ‘amazement’ mean?

(a) The speaker does so in order to show the listener the secret path that leads to Paris.
(b) The listener was eager to go to Paris to escape the police and get lost in a big city where he would not be caught.
© ‘Amazement’ means surprise or disbelief.