The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Muse of the Department by Honore de Balzac:|
on. "Is there no finer bird than that to be found in the desert?" she
exclaimed. "You are cheated! She is dignified, lean, lachrymose; she
only needs Lady Dudley's turban!"
"What is it now?" asked Madame de la Baudraye, who had heard the
rustle of a silk dress and the murmur of a woman's voice.
"It is, my darling, that we are now indissolubly united.--I have just
had an answer to the letter you saw me write, which was to break off
"So that was the party which you gave up?"
"Oh, I will be more than your wife--I am your slave, I give you my
The Muse of the Department