The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from A Distinguished Provincial at Paris by Honore de Balzac:|
aggravating circumstances?" asked Hector.
"Do not follow in the tracks of the big Constitutional papers; they
have pigeon-holes full of ecclesiastical canards," retorted Vernou.
"Canards?" repeated Lucien.
"That is our word for a scrap of fiction told for true, put in to
enliven the column of morning news when it is flat. We owe the
discovery to Benjamin Franklin, the inventor of the lightning
conductor and the republic. That journalist completely deceived the
Encyclopaedists by his transatlantic canards. Raynal gives two of them
for facts in his Histoire philosophique des Indes."
"I did not know that," said Vernou. "What were the stories?"