The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from An Historical Mystery by Honore de Balzac:|
"Not at all," she replied. "I see you all uneasy about the goings on
of a young girl, and I am explaining them to you."
"Her cousins will submit and return soon; they will all be rich, and
she will end by calming down," said old d'Hauteserre.
"God grant it!" said his wife, taking out a gold snuff-box which had
again seen the light under the Consulate.
"There is something stirring in the neighborhood," remarked Monsieur
d'Hauteserre to the abbe. "Malin has been two days at Gondreville."
"Malin!" cried Laurence, roused by the name, though her sleep was
"Yes," replied the abbe, "but he leaves to-night; everybody is