The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Vendetta by Honore de Balzac:|
"But, father, remember that I need not leave you; we shall be two to
love you; you will learn to know the man to whose care you bequeath
me. You will be doubly cherished by me and by him,--by him who is my
other self, by me who am all his."
"Oh! Ginevra, Ginevra!" cried the Corsican, clenching his fists; "why
did you not marry when Napoleon brought me to accept the idea? Why did
you not take the counts and dukes he presented to you?"
"They loved me to order," said the girl. "Besides, they would have
made me live with them, and I did not wish to leave you alone."
"You don't wish to leave me alone," said Piombo, "and yet you marry!--
that is leaving me alone. I know you, my daughter; in that case, you