The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from In the Cage by Henry James:|
was to be allowed in September--no less than eleven days--for her
personal private holiday. Much of her recent intercourse with Mr.
Mudge had consisted of the hopes and fears, expressed mainly by
himself, involved in the question of their getting the same dates--
a question that, in proportion as the delight seemed assured,
spread into a sea of speculation over the choice of where and how.
All through July, on the Sunday evenings and at such other odd
times as he could seize, he had flooded their talk with wild waves
of calculation. It was practically settled that, with her mother,
somewhere "on the south coast" (a phrase of which she liked the
sound) they should put in their allowance together; but she already