The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Gobseck by Honore de Balzac:|
"He gave a disgusted shrug, and added:
" 'But now diamonds are going down in value every day. The Brazilians
have swamped the market with them since the Peace; but the Indian
stones are a better color. Others wear them now besides court ladies.
Does madame go to court?'
"While he flung out these terrible words, he examined one stone after
another with delight which no words can describe.
" 'Flawless!' he said. 'Here is a speck! . . . here is a flaw! . . . A
fine stone that!'
"His haggard face was so lighted up by the sparkling jewels, that it