The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:|
fortune as that my lord should cast an eye on Janet? Who, in the
fiend's name, would listen to the thrush while the nightingale is
"Thrush or nightingale, all is one to the fowler; and, Master
Varney, you can sound the quail-pipe most daintily to wile
wantons into his nets. I desire no such devil's preferment for
Janet as you have brought many a poor maiden to. Dost thou
laugh? I will keep one limb of my family, at least, from Satan's
clutches, that thou mayest rely on. She shall restore the gold."
"Ay, or give it to thy keeping, Tony, which will serve as well,"
answered Varney; "but I have that to say which is more serious.