The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from My Antonia by Willa Cather:|
Their beauty shone out too boldly against a conventional background.
But anxious mothers need have felt no alarm. They mistook the mettle
of their sons. The respect for respectability was stronger than
any desire in Black Hawk youth.
Our young man of position was like the son of a royal house;
the boy who swept out his office or drove his delivery wagon
might frolic with the jolly country girls, but he himself
must sit all evening in a plush parlour where conversation
dragged so perceptibly that the father often came in
and made blundering efforts to warm up the atmosphere.
On his way home from his dull call, he would perhaps