The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from My Aunt Margaret's Mirror by Walter Scott:|
"He was turning from her.
"'Stop,' she exclaimed; 'I will try--yes, I will try to pardon
"'Gracious lady,' said the old man, 'you will relieve the over-
burdened soul which dare not sever itself from its sinful
companion of earth without being at peace with you. What do I
know--your forgiveness may perhaps preserve for penitence the
dregs of a wretched life.'
"'Ha!' said the lady, as a sudden light broke on her, 'it is the
villain himself!' And grasping Sir Philip Forester--for it was
he, and no other--by the collar, she raised a cry of 'Murder,