All good and wholesome laws, virtue and truth above all things, and aristarchy, live for ever!
They didn't call themselves Misfits, of course; that was a derogatory name used by the aristarchy.
The Guesser had asked the woman why—if her statements were true—the Misfits had not conquered the aristarchy long ago.
After all, if they held the galaxy clear out to the Periphery, they had the aristarchy surrounded, didn't they?
Thus the Misfits had become pirates, preying on the merchantships of the aristarchy.