The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Touchstone by Edith Wharton:|
He nodded. "Of course." He sat staring at her in dry-eyed self-
contempt. "Do you count on its making much difference?"
"In the way I feel--or you feel about me?"
She shook her head.
"It's the least part of it," he groaned.
"It's the only part we can repair."
"Good heavens! If there were any reparation--" He rose quickly
and crossed the space that divided them. "Why did you never
speak?" he asked.
"Haven't you answered that yourself?"