We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What causes all the trouble is the fact that the clumsy lady comes up with "but he had fled," which is a fool-the-eye-and-ear because it diverts the mind from the prepositional "but he" to the conjunctive "but he had."
If Fowler was right, then the lady meant to say: "The boy stood on the burning deck whence all had fled, but he had not." I think Felicia was a simple "except him" girl, but she got into trouble with her unfortunate use of "whence." She may have been the worst writer of English that ever lived. What mainly keeps the sentence from being poetical, however, is her tone-deaf use of "stood." She did almost everything to make the sentence one of the greatest ramshackles of our language.