The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Ursula by Honore de Balzac:|
her to tell him what was happening in his house at Nemours at that
instant. "What is Ursula doing?" he said.
"She is undressed; she has just curled her hair; she is kneeling on
her prie-Dieu, before an ivory crucifix fastened to a red velvet
"What is she saying?"
"Her evening prayers; she is commending herself to God; she implores
him to save her soul from evil thoughts; she examines her conscience
and recalls what she has done during the day; that she may know if she
has failed to obey his commands and those of the church--poor dear
little soul, she lays bare her breast!" Tears were in the sleeper's