The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Betty Zane by Zane Grey:|
"Mr. Miller, I thanked you and begged you not to cause us both pain by again
referring to that subject," answered Betty with dignity. "If you will persist
in bringing it up we cannot be friends any longer."
"Wait, please wait. I have told you that I will not take 'No' for an answer. I
love you with all my heart and soul and I cannot give you up."
His voice was low and hoarse and thrilled with a strong man's passion. Betty
looked up into his face and tears of compassion filled her eyes. Her heart
softened to this man, and her conscience gave her a little twinge of remorse.
Could she not have averted all this? No doubt she had been much to blame, and
this thought made her voice very low and sweet as she answered him.
"I like you as a friend, Mr. Miller, but we can never be more than friends. I