The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:|
Your words are most reviving to my spirits; for in this age,
when even the assassin is a sentimentalist, there is no
virtue greater in my eyes than intellectual clarity. Suffer
me, then, to ask you to retire; for by the signal of that
bell, I perceive my old friend, your mother, to be close at
hand. With her I promise you to do my utmost.'
And as Mrs. Desborough returned to the Divan, the Prince,
opening a door upon the other side, admitted Mrs. Luxmore.
'Madam and my very good friend,' said he, 'is my face so much
changed that you no longer recognise Prince Florizel in Mr.