The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Reef by Edith Wharton:|
He looked at her hard before answering; then: "Ask Darrow!"
"Owen--Owen!" Sophy Viner murmured.
Anna stood looking from one to the other. It had become
apparent to her in a flash that Owen's retort, though it
startled Sophy, did not take her by surprise; and the
discovery shot its light along dark distances of fear.
The immediate inference was that Owen had guessed the reason
of Darrow's disapproval of his marriage, or that, at least,
he suspected Sophy Viner of knowing and dreading it. This