The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:|
business from first to last--and I've never for one moment been ignorant of
that--and I've never for one moment been able to withstand it."
He turned round deliberately.
"Do you suppose that when you asked me to pin your flowers into your
evening gown--when you let me come into your bedroom when Victor was out
while you did your hair--when you pretended to be a baby and let me feed
you with grapes--when you have run to me and searched in all my pockets for
a cigarette--knowing perfectly well where they were kept--going through
every pocket just the same--I knowing too--I keeping up the farce--do you
suppose that now you have finally lighted your bonfire you are going to
find it a peaceful and pleasant thing--you are going to prevent the whole