The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:|
business, at least so far as I know, he has, nevertheless, a just
respect and admiration for artists of our class. He will come to
in time, as seldom fails; but as yet he is only a neophyte, only
a proselyte, and frequents the company of cocks of the game, as a
puny fencer does the schools of the masters, to see how a foil is
handled by the teachers of defence."
"If such be his quality, I will pray your company in another
chamber, honest Mike, for what I have to say to thee is for thy
private ear.--Meanwhile, I pray you, sir, to abide us in this
apartment, and without leaving it; there be those in this house
who would be alarmed by the sight of a stranger."