The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Catherine de Medici by Honore de Balzac:|
softly on the door, and Madame Dayelle, opening it, admitted
A DRAMA IN A SURCOAT
The young reformer intended to study Catherine's face, all the while
affecting a natural embarrassment at finding himself in such a place;
but his proceedings were much hastened by the eagerness with which the
younger queen darted to the cartons to see her surcoat.
"Madame," said Christophe, addressing Catherine.
He turned his back on the other queen and on Dayelle, instantly
profiting by the attention the two women were eager to bestow upon the