The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:|
and the hawk's eye of love very speedily discovered that the
latter was the fair Matilda. The forester he did not know:
but he had sufficient tact to discern that his success would be very much
facilitated by separating her from this companion, above all others.
He therefore formed a party of men into a wedge, only taking especial
care not to be the point of it himself, and drove it between them
with so much precision, that they were in a moment far asunder.
"Lady Matilda," said John, "yield yourself my prisoner."
"If you would wear me, prince," said Matilda, "you must win me:"
and without giving him time to deliberate on the courtesy of fighting
with the lady of his love, she raised her sword in the air, and lowered