The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:|
knew very well what it was--that it was the famous talisman of
King Solomon the Wise. If he who possessed the talisman asked it
to speak, it would tell that man both what to do and what not to
The Wise Man bought the talisman for three pieces of silver (and
wisdom has been sold for less than that many a time), and as soon
as he had the talisman in his hands he hurried home with it and
locked himself in a room.
"Tell me," said the Wise Man to the Talisman, "shall I marry the
beautiful queen of the Black Isles?"
"Fly, while there is yet time to escape!" said the Talisman; "but