The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas:|
this instant deliver to me the paper the cardinal signed; or
upon my soul, I will blow your brains out."
With another man, Milady might have preserved some doubt;
but she knew Athos. Nevertheless, she remained motionless.
"You have one second to decide," said he.
Milady saw by the contraction of his countenance that the
trigger was about to be pulled; she reached her hand quickly
to her bosom, drew out a paper, and held it toward Athos.
"Take it," said she, "and be accursed!"
Athos took the paper, returned the pistol to his belt,
approached the lamp to be assured that it was the paper,
The Three Musketeers