The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Under the Red Robe by Stanley Weyman:|
promenade, alone, unprotected, an hour after nightfall? No dog
had bayed, no one had moved, she had not once paused, or
listened, like a person expecting a rencontre. I could not make
it out. And I came no nearer to solving it, though I lay awake
an hour beyond my usual time.
In the morning, neither of the ladies descended to dinner, and I
heard that Mademoiselle was not so well. After a lonely meal,
therefore I missed them more than I should have supposed--I
retired to my favourite seat and fell to meditating.
The day was fine, and the garden pleasant. Sitting there with my
eyes on the old fashioned herb-beds, with the old-fashioned