The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Gobseck by Honore de Balzac:|
madame!' I exclaimed, 'you have ruined your children! Those papers
were their titles to their property.'
"Her mouth twitched, she looked as if she were threatened by a
" 'Eh! eh!' cried Gobseck; the harsh, shrill tone grated upon our ears
like the sound of a brass candlestick scratching a marble surface.
"There was a pause, then the old man turned to me and said quietly:
" 'Do you intend Mme. la Comtesse to suppose that I am not the
rightful owner of the property sold to me by her late husband? This
house belongs to me now.'
"A sudden blow on the head from a bludgeon would have given me less