The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Paz by Honore de Balzac:|
"I will leave you now, madame," said Thaddeus. "You will of course
rejoin them at the Opera?"
"No," she answered, "I don't like dancing, and they give an odious
ballet to-night 'La Revolte au Serail.'"
There was a moment's silence.
"Two years ago Adam would not have gone to the Opera without me," said
Clementine, not looking at Paz.
"He loves you madly," replied Thaddeus.
"Yes, and because he loves me madly he is all the more likely not to
love me to-morrow," said the countess.
"How inexplicable Parisian women are!" exclaimed Thaddeus. "When they