The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:|
Presently, as the sunset expanded and deepened, the fancy took
him of making a note of so magnificent a piece of coloring.
He returned to his studio and fetched out a small panel,
with his palette and brushes, and, placing the panel
against a window-sill, he began to daub with great gusto.
While he was so occupied he saw Mr. Brand, in the distance,
slowly come down from Mr. Wentworth's house, nursing a large
folded umbrella. He walked with a joyless, meditative tread,
and his eyes were bent upon the ground. Felix poised his
brush for a moment, watching him; then, by a sudden impulse,
as he drew nearer, advanced to the garden-gate and signaled to him--