The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas:|
pressing with his left hand something he had concealed under
his coat. Maximilian sprang down the staircase, and threw
his arms round his father's neck; but suddenly he recoiled,
and placed his right hand on Morrel's breast. "Father," he
exclaimed, turning pale as death, "what are you going to do
with that brace of pistols under your coat?"
"Oh, this is what I feared!" said Morrel.
"Father, father, in heaven's name," exclaimed the young man,
"what are these weapons for?"
"Maximilian," replied Morrel, looking fixedly at his son,
"you are a man, and a man of honor. Come, and I will explain
The Count of Monte Cristo