The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Mansion by Henry van Dyke:|
and their talk across the broad table, glittering with silver and
cut glass, and softly lit by shaded candles, was intimate, though
slow at times. The elder man was in rather a rare mood, more
confidential than usual; and, when the coffee was brought in and
they were left alone, he talked more freely of his personal plans
than he had ever done before.
"I feel very grateful to-night," said he, at last; "it must be