The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:|
remember, Mr. Blakeley, that you are forcing this story from this
man. These details are unpleasant, but important. You were going
to marry this young lady," he said, turning to Sullivan, "although
you already had a wife living?"
"It was my sister's plan, and I was in a bad way for money. If I
could marry, secretly, a wealthy girl and go to Europe, it was
unlikely that Ida - that is, Mrs. Sullivan - would hear of it.
"So it was more than a shock to see my wife on the train, and to
realize from her face that she knew what was going on. I don't
know yet, unless some of the servants - well, never mind that.
"It meant that the whole thing had gone up. Old Harrington had
The Man in Lower Ten