The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Hated Son by Honore de Balzac:|
"What must I do?" said Gabrielle.
"Throw yourself at monseigneur's feet, and tell him that his son loves
you against your will, and say that you do not love him. In proof of
this, offer to marry any man whom the duke himself may select as your
husband. He is generous; he will dower you handsomely."
"I can do all except deny my love."
"But if that alone can save your father, yourself, and Monseigneur de
"Etienne," she replied, "would die of it, and so should I."
"Monseigneur de Nivron will be unhappy at losing you, but he will live
for the honor of his house; you will resign yourself to be the wife of