The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:|
approached towards treason, and could think of nothing save of
securing the offender, and placing him in your Majesty's hands,
and at your mercy. The noble Earl was fast asleep when your most
gracious message reached him, a potion having been administered
to that purpose by his physician; and his Lordship knew not of
the ungracious repulse your Majesty's royal and most comfortable
message had received, until after he awoke this morning."
"And which of his domestics, then, in the name of Heaven,
presumed to reject my message, without even admitting my own
physician to the presence of him whom I sent him to attend?"
said the Queen, much surprised.