I came across this sentence in a high school grammar book. What should be the correct Indirect form of this sentence ?
“So help me, Heaven!” he cried, “I will never steal again.”
According to me it should be
He urged the Heaven to help him and swore to never steal again.
Urging the Heaven to help him, he swore to never steal again.
He pleaded the Heaven to help him and swore to never steal again.
I am really confused. Please tell what should be the correct answer.
P.S : The book has mentioned this as the correct answer, but I am not at all convinced.
He called upon Heaven to witness his resolve never to steal again.
And why can I not use the typical indirect exclamatory sentence construct "He exclaimed with sorrow..." here ?