The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:|
Elizabeth, blushing, but not with anger; "and a tattling knave to
tell over again his fooleries.--What colour might the braid of
hair be that thou pratest of?"
Varney replied, "A poet, madam, might call it a thread from the
golden web wrought by Minerva; but to my thinking it was paler
than even the purest gold--more like the last parting sunbeam of
the softest day of spring."
"Why, you are a poet yourself, Master Varney," said the Queen,
smiling. "But I have not genius quick enough to follow your rare
metaphors. Look round these ladies--is there"--(she hesitated,
and endeavoured to assume an air of great indifference)--"is