The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:|
be great if in the issue I escaped death or slavery. All this I
could have borne, for I had borne the like before, but the cruel
end of my last surviving son, the one true joy of my desolate life,
I could not bear. The love of those children had become the
passion of my middle age, and as I loved them so they had loved me.
I had trained them from babyhood till their hearts were English and
not Aztec, as were their speech and faith, and thus they were not
only my dear children, but companions of my own race, the only ones
I had. And now by accident, by sickness, and by the sword, they
were dead the three of them, and I was desolate.
Ah! we think much of the sorrows of our youth, and should a