He offered his help to the intruder. He knew that he would not be able to save himself from the intruder. He used the weapon of his wit and patience to outsmart the intruder. It is rightly said that presence of mind and patience are the two values that help a person at the time of adversity and danger
If in place of showing presence of mind, he would have panicked, he would have been killed. But presence of mind kept Gerard calm and gave him a clever plan of locking the intruder up in a room. Thus he saved himself from the nefarious plan of the intruder
Explanation: Gerrard is a theater artist with sharp wit and a quick sense of humor. He does not panic on confronting an intruder in his house.