"'It all depends on what you want,' put in Merry. 'You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin — to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours — closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo.'"
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, “A Conspiracy Unmasked”