The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Ball at Sceaux by Honore de Balzac:|
Emilie was silent for a moment. She presently raised her head, looked
at her father, and said somewhat anxiously, "Are not the
"They became extinct in the person of the old Duc de Rostein-Limbourg,
who perished on the scaffold in 1793. He was the last representative
of the last and younger branch."
"But, papa, there are some very good families descended from bastards.
The history of France swarms with princes bearing the bar sinister on
"Your ideas are much changed," said the old man, with a smile.