The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Tess of the d'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy:|
Thence he went along the verge of the upland
overhanging the other Hintocks, and, turning to the
right, plunged into the bracing calcareous region of
Flintcomb-Ash, the address from which she had written
to him in one of the letters, and which he supposed to
be the place of sojourn referred to by her mother.
Here, of course, he did not find her; and what added to
his depression was the discovery that no "Mrs Clare"
had ever been heard of by the cottagers or by the
farmer himself, though Tess was remembered well enough
Tess of the d'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman