In the William Somerset Maugham short story "The Man with the Scar", the general considers the gesture of the rebel as a noble gesture. I don't understand why. He killed his love, the girl didn't kill herself, so why this murder is considered noble?
The revolutionary general's wife is young and beautiful. Since he is about to be executed for treason, her life is going to change a lot. She will likely be imprisoned or tortured to reveal what she knows about her husband's activities—e.g., other conspirators in the rebellion, etc.. As a woman, she is also vulnerable to sexual assault in this situation. To protect her from this harsh life, her husband murders her instead. A sexist and rather antiquated notion of honor, but one that prevailed in the time and place that this story is set.