The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:|
promoter of reflection and aspiration, frankly adverted to it
as an extension of enjoyment. This function was ultimately
assumed by Gertrude Wentworth, who was a peculiar girl,
but the full compass of whose peculiarities had not been
exhibited before they very ingeniously found their pretext
in the presence of these possibly too agreeable foreigners.
Gertrude, however, had to struggle with a great accumulation
of obstructions, both of the subjective, as the metaphysicians say,
and of the objective, order; and indeed it is no small part
of the purpose of this little history to set forth her struggle.
What seemed paramount in this abrupt enlargement of Mr. Wentworth's