Using ‘return’ in a Ruby block

I’m trying to use Ruby 1.9.1 for an embedded scripting language, so that “end-user” code gets written in a Ruby block. One issue with this is that I’d like the users to be able to use the ‘return’ keyword in the blocks, so they don’t need to worry about implicit return values. With this in mind, this is the kind of thing I’d like to be able to do:

def thing(*args, &block)
  value = block.call
  puts "value=#{value}"
end

thing {
  return 6 * 7
}

If I use ‘return’ in the above example, I get a LocalJumpError. I’m aware that this is because the block in question is a Proc and not a lambda. The code works if I remove ‘return’, but I’d really prefer to be able to use ‘return’ in this scenario. Is this possible? I’ve tried converting the block to a lambda, but the result is the same.

Using ‘return’ in a Ruby block