The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Touchstone by Edith Wharton:|
Touchett protested. "It must have been horrible enough to know
they'd been written to him; but to publish them! No man could
have done it and no woman could have told him to--"
"Oh, come, come," Dresham judicially interposed; "after all,
they're not love-letters."
"No--that's the worst of it; they're unloved letters," Mrs.
"Then, obviously, she needn't have written them; whereas the man,
poor devil, could hardly help receiving them."
"Perhaps he counted on the public to save him the trouble of
reading them," said young Hartly, who was in the cynical stage.