The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:|
his odd and fantastic dress, he seemed a man of fifty years old.
But now, in a handsome suit of Tressilian's livery, with a sword
by his side and a buckler on his shoulder, he looked like a gay
ruffling serving-man, whose age might be betwixt thirty and
thirty-five, the very prime of human life. His loutish, savage-
looking demeanour seemed equally changed, into a forward, sharp,
and impudent alertness of look and action.
When challenged by Tressilian, who desired to know the cause of a
metamorphosis so singular and so absolute, Wayland only answered
by singing a stave from a comedy, which was then new, and was
supposed, among the more favourable judges, to augur some genius