The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The American by Henry James:|
"If you think it will do me any good not to tell me, you are
very much mistaken. There is trouble about your marriage."
"Yes," said Newman. "There is trouble about my marriage."
"Good!" And Valentin was silent again. "They have stopped it."
"They have stopped it," said Newman. Now that he had spoken out,
he found a satisfaction in it which deepened as he went on.
"Your mother and brother have broken faith. They have decided
that it can't take place. They have decided that I am not
good enough, after all. They have taken back their word.
Since you insist, there it is!"
Valentin gave a sort of groan, lifted his hands a moment,