The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Confidence by Henry James:|
"You do pain me!" she murmured.
"You go too far," said Bernard. "To what position does your extraordinary
proposal relegate your wife?"
Gordon turned his pleading eyes on his old friend without a ray of concession;
but for a moment he hesitated. "Don't speak to me of my wife. I have
"Ah, poor girl!" said Angela, springing up from the sofa.
"I am perfectly serious," Gordon went on, addressing himself again to her.
"No, after all, I am not crazy; I see only too clearly--I see what should be;
when people see that, you call them crazy. Bernard has no right--
he must give you up. If you really care for him, you should help him.