The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Under the Red Robe by Stanley Weyman:|
irony. 'Nay, something! But something which I could not hope to
make clear to you.'
I sat for a moment confounded, quivering with pain. It had been
one thing to feel that she hated and scorned me, to know that the
trust and confidence which she had begun to place in me were
transformed to loathing. It was another to listen to her hard,
pitiless words, to change colour under the lash of her gibing
tongue. For a moment I could not find voice to answer her. Then
I pointed to M. de Cocheforet.
'Do you love him?' I said hoarsely, roughly. The gibing tone
had passed from her voice to mine.