The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:|
mean?" said Miss Vere.
"Yes, Isabella, I am serious. But first let me ask you, have you
no suspicion that I may have been privy to the strange chance
which befell you yesterday morning?"
"You, sir?" answered Isabella, stammering between a
consciousness that he had guessed her thoughts justly, and the
shame as well as fear which forbade her to acknowledge a
suspicion so degrading and so unnatural.
"Yes!" he continued, "your hesitation confesses that you
entertained such an opinion, and I have now the painful task of
acknowledging that your suspicions have done me no injustice.