The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from At the Sign of the Cat & Racket by Honore de Balzac:|
happiness as, in her eyes, was worth a thousand lives like this; its
vacuity seemed to her horrible. However, she concealed this not very
charitable feeling, and displayed for her parents her newly-acquired
accomplishments of mind, and the ingratiating tenderness that love had
revealed to her, disposing them to listen to her matrimonial
grievances. Old people have a weakness for this kind of confidence.
Madame Guillaume wanted to know the most trivial details of that alien
life, which to her seemed almost fabulous. The travels of Baron da la
Houtan, which she began again and again and never finished, told her
nothing more unheard-of concerning the Canadian savages.
"What, child, your husband shuts himself into a room with naked women!