The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas:|
"I will do so. If Beauchamp be disposed to retract, you
ought at least to give him the opportunity of doing it of
his own free will, -- the satisfaction to you will be the
same. If, on the contrary, he refuses to do so, it will then
be quite time enough to admit two strangers into your
"They will not be strangers, they will be friends."
"Ah, but the friends of to-day are the enemies of to-morrow;
Beauchamp, for instance."
The Count of Monte Cristo