The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:|
blow. So did I finish my sandwiches beneath her invisible but eloquent
fire. What affair of mine was the cake? And what sort of impertinent,
meddlesome person was I, shrieking out my suggestions to people with whom
I had no acquaintance? These were the things that her nose and her neck
said to me the whole length of the Exchange. I had nothing but my own
weakness to thank; it was my interest in weddings that did it, made me
forget my decorum, the public place, myself, everything, and plunge in.
And I became more and more delighted over it as the girl continued to
crush me. My day had been dull, my researches had not brought me a whit
nearer royal blood; I looked at my little bill-of-fare, and then I
stepped forward to the counter, adventurous, but polite.