The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from In the Cage by Henry James:|
astonished nor angry. Oh the British tradesman--this gave her an
idea of his resources! Mr. Mudge would be angry only with a person
who, like the drunken soldier in the shop, should have an
unfavourable effect on business. He seemed positively to enter,
for the time and without the faintest flash of irony or ripple of
laughter, into the whimsical grounds of her enjoyment of Cocker's
custom, and instantly to be casting up whatever it might, as Mrs.
Jordan had said, lead to. What he had in mind was not of course
what Mrs. Jordan had had: it was obviously not a source of
speculation with him that his sweetheart might pick up a husband.
She could see perfectly that this was not for a moment even what he