The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Sons of the Soil by Honore de Balzac:|
which gnaws round the bark close to the roots."
He stopped and took up a bit of the bark, saying: "See how they work."
"You have a great many worms in this forest," said Blondet.
Just then Michaud noticed a red spot; a moment more and he saw the
head of his greyhound. He sighed.
"The scoundrels!" he said. "Madame was right."
Michaud and Blondet examined the body and found, just as the countess
had said, that some one had cut the greyhound's throat. To prevent his
barking he had been decoyed with a bit of meat, which was still
between his tongue and his palate.
"Poor brute; he died of self-indulgence."