The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from A Distinguished Provincial at Paris by Honore de Balzac:|
thousand francs. That's how it is."
"Do you mind losing a couple of thousand francs, Lucien?" asked
"Yes!" Lucien answered vehemently. He was dismayed by this first
"You are making a mistake," said Etienne.
"You won't find any one that will take their paper," said Barbet.
"Your book is their last stake, sir. The printer will not trust them;
they are obliged to leave the copies in pawn with him. If they make a
hit now, it will only stave off bankruptcy for another six months,
sooner or later they will have to go. They are cleverer at tippling