A Capone associate, the Bowtie Man, shakes down a restaurant owner who has chosen to buy from one of Capone's competitors.
By this sentence, we can tell the Bowtie man is stronger than the restaurant owner.
The owner refuses to be intimidated, and the Bowtie Man appears to back off.
If he is strong, why does he back off before the restaurant owner?
How to understand these two sentences ?