The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas:|
made the bed, was beginning his task, a knocking was heard at the
street door. The door was instantly opened and shut; someone was
taken in the mousetrap.
D'Artagnan flew to his hole, laid himself down on the floor at
full length, and listened.
Cries were soon heard, and then moans, which someone appeared to
be endeavoring to stifle. There were no questions.
"The devil!" said D'Artagnan to himself. "It seems like a woman!
They search her; she resists; they use force--the scoundrels!"
In spite of his prudence, D'Artagnan restrained himself with
great difficulty from taking a part in the scene that was going
The Three Musketeers