The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:|
"The slavery was love's slavery. It was just my love for you that made you
swallow up all my days. You did not force yourself into my thoughts. You crept
in, always, and you were there always--how much, you will never know.
"But as time went by, Aunt Mildred and Uncle grew to dislike you. They grew
afraid. What was to become of me? You were destroying my life. My music? You
know how my dream of it has dimmed away. That spring, when I first met you--I
was twenty, and I was about to start for Germany. I was going to study hard.
That was four years ago, and I am still here in California.
"I had other lovers. You drove them away--No! no! I don't mean that. It was I
that drove them away. What did I care for lovers, for anything, when you were
near? But as I said, Aunt Mildred and Uncle grew afraid. There has been