The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Deputy of Arcis by Honore de Balzac:|
"It is the frontier of the Rhine for France," put in the colonel, "and
the destruction of the treaties of 1815."
"It is selling wheat dear and keeping bread cheap," cried Achille
Pigoult sarcastically, thinking that he made a joke, but actually
expressing one of the delusions that reign in France.
"It is the happiness of all, obtained by the triumph of humanitarian
doctrines," continued Simon.
"What did I tell you?" said Achille to his neighbors.
"Hush! silence! let us listen!" said various voices.
"Messieurs," said the stout Mollot, smiling, "the debate is beginning;
give your attention to the orator; and let him explain himself."