The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Confidence by Henry James:|
companion's letter. He intended to intimate that he had come
back to Baden with his mind made up to relinquish his suit,
and that he had questioned Bernard simply from moral curiosity--
for the sake of intellectual satisfaction. Nothing was altered
by the fact that Bernard had told him a sorry tale; it had not
modified his behavior--that effect would have been traceable.
It had simply affected his imagination, which was a consequence
of the imponderable sort. This view of the case was supported
by Gordon's mention of his good spirits. A man always had
good spirits when he had acted in harmony with a conviction.
Of course, after renouncing the attempt to make himself