The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:|
penetration, the same knowledge of men; moreover, that great
power of self-compression which gives to hypocrites time to
reflect, and gather themselves up to take a spring. He
guessed that Fouquet was going to meet the blow he was about
to deal him. His eyes glittered ominously.
"What news?" asked the king. Fouquet placed a roll of papers
on the table.
"Let your majesty have the goodness to cast your eyes over
this work," said he. The king slowly unfolded the paper.
"Plans?" said he.
Ten Years Later