The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Pierre Grassou by Honore de Balzac:|
"Bottles and corks! bottles and corks!" said the painter; "they set my
teeth on edge."
"Safe from want for the rest of your days," said Elie Magus as he
That idea entered the head of Pierre Grassou as the daylight had burst
into his garret that morning.
While he posed the father of the young person, he thought the bottle-
dealer had a good countenance, and he admired the face full of violent
tones. The mother and daughter hovered about the easel, marvelling at
all his preparations; they evidently thought him a demigod. This
visible admiration pleased Fougeres. The golden calf threw upon the