The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Pupil by Henry James:|
"I'm glad to earn what I can," said Mrs. Moreen with prodigious
"You ought to tell me who you do it for." Pemberton paused a
moment, and she said nothing; so he added: "I've tried to turn off
some little sketches, but the magazines won't have them - they're
declined with thanks."
"You see then you're not such a phoenix," his visitor pointedly
smiled - "to pretend to abilities you're sacrificing for our sake."
"I haven't time to do things properly," he ruefully went on. Then
as it came over him that he was almost abjectly good-natured to
give these explanations he added: "If I stay on longer it must be