The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:|
that money, without taking into account, I repeat, that I
retain the acknowledgments."
"It is a strange affair! usury in a matter of benevolence."
"Do not mix yourself up with it, monseigneur; if there be
usury, it is I who practice it, and both of us reap the
advantage from it -- that is all."
"Some intrigue, D'Herblay?"
"I do not deny it."
"And Baisemeaux an accomplice in it?"
"Why not? -- there are worse accomplices than he. May I
depend, then, upon the five thousand pistoles to-morrow?"
Ten Years Later