The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from An International Episode by Henry James:|
and who had proposed to accompany them to the inn and introduce them,
in a friendly way, to the proprietor. This plan, however, had been
defeated by their friend's finding that his "partner" was awaiting him on
the wharf and that his commercial associate desired him instantly to come
and give his attention to certain telegrams received from St. Louis.
But the two Englishmen, with nothing but their national prestige and
personal graces to recommend them, were very well received at the hotel,
which had an air of capacious hospitality. They found that a bath was
not unattainable, and were indeed struck with the facilities for prolonged
and reiterated immersion with which their apartment was supplied.
After bathing a good deal--more, indeed, than they had ever done before on