The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas:|
bowing to De Winter, departed.
The queen and De Winter continued to converse for some time
in low voices, in order that the young princess should not
overhear them; but the precaution was needless: she was in
deep converse with her own thoughts.
Then, when De Winter rose to take leave:
"Listen, my lord," said the queen; "I have preserved this
diamond cross which came from my mother, and this order of
St. Michael which came from my husband. They are worth about
fifty thousand pounds. I had sworn to die of hunger rather
than part with these precious pledges; but now that this
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