The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Paz by Honore de Balzac:|
and at the pace at which I mean to go I shall be either Prince Paz
in three years, or dead. Good-by; though I have taken sixty-
thousand francs from Nucingen, our accounts are even.
"Idiot that I was," thought Adam; "I came near to cutting my throat
just now, talking about Malaga."
It is now three years since Paz went away. The newspapers have as yet
said nothing about any Prince Paz. The Comtesse Laginska is immensely
interested in the expeditions of the Emperor Nicholas; she is Russian
to the core, and reads with a sort of avidity all the news that comes
from that distant land. Once or twice every winter she says to the