The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Ball at Sceaux by Honore de Balzac:|
only too lucky to have been thrown down by a charming young lady, or
the commander of La Belle-Poule."
"Why do you think he is anything so common, my dear uncle? He seems to
me to have very fine manners."
"Every one has manners nowadays, my dear."
"No, uncle, not every one has the air and style which come of the
habit of frequenting drawing-rooms, and I am ready to lay a bet with
you that the young man is of noble birth."
"You had not long to study him."
"No, but it is not the first time I have seen him."
"Nor is it the first time you have looked for him," replied the