The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Ball at Sceaux by Honore de Balzac:|
"I hope so."
"Impertinent wretch!" she exclaimed. "How cruel a revenge!"
A fortnight later Maximilien set out with his sister Clara for the
warm and poetic scenes of beautiful Italy, leaving Mademoiselle de
Fontaine a prey to the most vehement regret. The young Secretary to
the Embassy took up his brother's quarrel, and contrived to take
signal vengeance on Emilie's disdain by making known the occasion of
the lovers' separation. He repaid his fair partner with interest all
the sarcasm with which she had formerly attacked Maximilien, and often
made more than one Excellency smile by describing the fair foe of the