The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Deputy of Arcis by Honore de Balzac:|
with whom she exchanged a smile.
"My eyes involuntarily fell on the window of the room in which the
stranger had slept the night before. I don't know what time he went to
bed, although I was awake till past midnight; but I have the
misfortune to be married to a man who snores fit to crack the planks
and the rafters. If I fall asleep first, oh! I sleep so sound nothing
can wake me; but if Mollot drops off first my night is ruined--"
"Don't you ever go off together?" said Achille Pigoult, joining the
group. "I see you are talking of sleep."
"Hush, naughty boy!" replied Madame Mollot, graciously.
"Do you know what they mean?" whispered Cecile to Ernestine.