The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Daisy Miller by Henry James:|
"That's one good thing." Then, noticing Winterbourne's silence,
she asked him why he didn't speak. He made no answer;
he only began to laugh. They passed under one of the
dark archways; Giovanelli was in front with the carriage.
Here Daisy stopped a moment, looking at the young American.
"DID you believe I was engaged, the other day?" she asked.
"It doesn't matter what I believed the other day,"
said Winterbourne, still laughing.
"Well, what do you believe now?"
"I believe that it makes very little difference whether you
are engaged or not!"