The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from A Start in Life by Honore de Balzac:|
fulminated against him. The result was that this most sincere friend
and protector of the unhappy youth came to the conclusion that his
vanity was incorrigible.
"Make him a barrister," said Desroches. "He has only his last
examination to pass. In that line, his defects might prove virtues,
for self-love and vanity give tongues to half the attorneys."
At this time Clapart, who was ill, was being nursed by his wife,--a
painful task, a duty without reward. The sick man tormented the poor
creature, who was now doomed to learn what venomous and spiteful
teasing a half-imbecile man, whom poverty had rendered craftily
savage, could be capable of in the weary tete-a-tete of each endless