The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:|
wolf, and so frenzied and strident was it that it seemed to make the
great ebony staircase, with its thronging women, vibrate from top to
bottom like a lyre.
The wind lifted their veils, and the slender stems of the papyrus
plant rocked gently. It was the month of Schebaz and the depth of
winter. The flowering pomegranates swelled against the azure of the
sky, and the sea disappeared through the branches with an island in
the distance half lost in the mist.
Hamilcar stopped on perceiving Salammbo. She had come to him after the
death of several male children. Moreover, the birth of daughters was
considered a calamity in the religions of the Sun. The gods had