The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens:|
laugh, 'do not extend your drowsy influence to the decanter.
Suffer THAT to circulate, let your spirits be never so stagnant.'
Edward begged his pardon, passed it, and relapsed into his former
'You do wrong not to fill your glass,' said Mr Chester, holding up
his own before the light. 'Wine in moderation--not in excess, for
that makes men ugly--has a thousand pleasant influences. It
brightens the eye, improves the voice, imparts a new vivacity to
one's thoughts and conversation: you should try it, Ned.'
'Ah father!' cried his son, 'if--'
'My good fellow,' interposed the parent hastily, as he set down his