The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:|
Then it opened altogether and Gertrude stood there.
She looked excited; there was a spark in her sweet, dull eyes.
She came in slowly, but with an air of resolution, and, closing
the door softly, looked round at the three persons present.
Felix went to her with tender gallantry, holding out
his hand, and Charlotte made a place for her on the sofa.
But Gertrude put her hands behind her and made no motion
to sit down.
"We are talking of you!" said Felix.
"I know it," she answered. "That 's why I came." And she fastened
her eyes on her father, who returned her gaze very fixedly.