The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Marriage Contract by Honore de Balzac:|
must also acquire over him in great things."
"But you frighten me, mamma," cried Natalie. "How can I remember all
these precepts? How shall I ever manage, I, such a child, and so
heedless, to reflect and calculate before I act?"
"But, my dear little girl, I am telling you to-day that which you must
surely learn later, buying your experience by fatal faults and errors
of conduct which will cause you bitter regrets and embarrass your
"But how must I begin?" asked Natalie, artlessly.
"Instinct will guide you," replied her mother. "At this moment Paul
desires you more than he loves you; for love born of desires is a