The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Wife, et al by Anton Chekhov:|
the day after getting my letter, in the evening just as the
samovar was brought into the dining-room and little Marya
Gerasimovna had begun slicing the lemon.
"I am very glad to see you, my dear fellow," I said gaily,
meeting him. "Why, you are stouter than ever. . . ."
"It isn't getting stout; it's swelling," he answered. "The bees
must have stung me."
With the familiarity of a man laughing at his own fatness, he put
his arms round my waist and laid on my breast his big soft head,
with the hair combed down on the forehead like a Little
Russian's, and went off into a thin, aged laugh.