The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Edition of The Ambassadors by Henry James:|
vaguely directing his glasses, while, leaning against the door-post
of the room, she gently pressed her cheek to the side of the
recess. "YOU would have been a friend."
"I?"--it startled him a little.
"For the reason you say. You're not stupid." And then abruptly, as
if bringing it out were somehow founded on that fact:
"We're marrying Jeanne."
It affected him on the spot as a move in a game, and he was even
then not without the sense that that wasn't the way Jeanne should
be married. But he quickly showed his interest, though--as quickly
afterwards struck him--with an absurd confusion of mind. "'You'?