The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne by Robert Louis Stevenson:|
'In the morning,' said the husband, 'I will make you something
better than your cane. Such a beast as that feels nothing; it is
in the proverb - DUR COMME UN ANE; you might beat her insensible
with a cudgel, and yet you would arrive nowhere.'
Something better! I little knew what he was offering.
The sleeping-room was furnished with two beds. I had one; and I
will own I was a little abashed to find a young man and his wife
and child in the act of mounting into the other. This was my first
experience of the sort; and if I am always to feel equally silly
and extraneous, I pray God it be my last as well. I kept my eyes
to myself, and know nothing of the woman except that she had