The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde:|
JACK. That is very generous of you, Lady Bracknell. My own
decision, however, is unalterable. I decline to give my consent.
LADY BRACKNELL. [To CECILY.] Come here, sweet child. [CECILY
goes over.] How old are you, dear?
CECILY. Well, I am really only eighteen, but I always admit to
twenty when I go to evening parties.
LADY BRACKNELL. You are perfectly right in making some slight
alteration. Indeed, no woman should ever be quite accurate about
her age. It looks so calculating . . . [In a meditative manner.]
Eighteen, but admitting to twenty at evening parties. Well, it
will not be very long before you are of age and free from the