The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Lucile by Owen Meredith:|
Lucile's a coquette to the end of her fingers,
I will stake my last farthing. Perhaps the wish lingers
To recall the once reckless, indifferent lover
To the feet he has left; let intrigue now recover
What truth could not keep. 'Twere a vengeance, no doubt--
A triumph;--but why must YOU bring it about?
You are risking the substance of all that you schemed
To obtain; and for what? some mad dream you have dream'd.
But there's nothing to risk. You exaggerate, Jack,
You mistake. In three days, at the most, I am back.