The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas:|
"Your father was fortunate, then?" said he.
"You know my opinion of my mother, count; look at her, --
still beautiful, witty, more charming than ever. For any
other son to have stayed with his mother for four days at
Treport, it would have been a condescension or a martyrdom,
while I return, more contented, more peaceful -- shall I say
more poetic! -- than if I had taken Queen Mab or Titania as
"That is an overwhelming demonstration, and you would make
every one vow to live a single life."
"Such are my reasons for not liking to marry Mademoiselle
The Count of Monte Cristo