The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Beauty and The Beast by Bayard Taylor:|
"I don't know," Jacob stammered; "I think not; because when I seem
to like her most, I feel afraid of her."
"It's lucky that you're not sure of it!" exclaimed the old man with
energy; "because you should never have her."
"No," said Jacob, with a mournful acquiescence, "I can never have
her, or any other one."
"But you shall--and will I when I help you. It's true I've not
seemed to care much about you, and I suppose you're free to think
as you like; but this I say: I'll not stand by and see you spit
upon! `Covered with as much as it'll bear!' THAT'S a piece o'