The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:|
avenue of remarkably graceful, arching elms in the most
convenient contiguity to a large, cheerful street, in which,
evidently, among the more prosperous members of the bourgeoisie,
a great deal of pedestrianism went forward. Our friends passed
out into this well lighted promenade, and Felix noticed a great
many more pretty girls and called his sister's attention to them.
This latter measure, however, was superfluous; for the Baroness
had inspected, narrowly, these charming young ladies.
"I feel an intimate conviction that our cousins are like that," said Felix.
The Baroness hoped so, but this is not what she said.
"They are very pretty," she said, "but they are mere little girls.