The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Deputy of Arcis by Honore de Balzac:|
"Monsieur le Comte de Sallenauve."
His mistress gave him a look inquiring why he had disobeyed her
orders, to which Lucas replied by a sign implying that he did not
suppose the prohibition applied in this instance.
Madame de Camps, who had never yet seen the new deputy, now gave her
closest attention to a study of him.
Sallenauve explained his visit by his great desire to know how matters
had gone at Ville d'Avray, and whether Marie-Gaston had been deeply
affected by his return there. As for the business which detained him
in Paris, he said he had so far met with no success. He had seen the
prefect of police, who had given him a letter to Monsieur de Saint-