The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Tess of the d'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy:|
knees beside his foot, and from this position she
crouched in a heap.
"In the name of our love, forgive me!" she whispered
with a dry mouth. "I have forgiven you for the same!"
And, as he did not answer, she said again----
"Forgive me as you are forgiven! I forgive YOU,
"You--yes, you do."
"But you do not forgive me?"
"O Tess, forgiveness does not apply to the case! You
were one person; now you are another. My God--how can
Tess of the d'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman