The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:|
and the old man gloated over the treasure.
"And whom do you think I kept all these for? These were for her
wedding-day--for her wedding-day. For your wedding-day, if you'd
been minded, sir! Yes, yours, sir! And yet, I believe, I was so
ambitious that I would not have let her marry under an earl, all
the while I was pretending to be too proud to throw her at the head
of a squire's son. Ah, well! There was my idol, sir. I made her
mad, I pampered her up with gewgaws and vanity; and then, because
my idol was just what I had made her, I turned again and rent her.
"And now," said he, pointing to the open chest, "that was what I
meant; and that" (pointing to the empty bed) "was what God meant.