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:|
"for on its success my happiness depends. I dare not say ours."
"Yes, yes, ours!"
Exchanging such sweet nothings, they slowly made their way back to
rejoin the company. Mademoiselle de Fontaine had never found her lover
more amiable or wittier: his light figure, his engaging manners,
seemed to her more charming than ever, since the conversation which
had made her to some extent the possessor of a heart worthy to be the
envy of every woman. They sang an Italian duet with so much expression
that the audience applauded enthusiastically. Their adieux were in a
conventional tone, which concealed their happiness. In short, this day
had been to Emilie like a chain binding her more closely than ever to