The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:|
"Good-bye, mamma," said Vautrin; "I am going to a theatre on the
boulevard to see M. Marty in Le Mont Sauvage, a fine play taken
from Le Solitaire. . . . If you like, I will take you and these
"Thank you; I must decline," said Mme. Couture.
"What! my good lady!" cried Mme. Vauquer, "decline to see a play
founded on the Le Solitaire, a work by Atala de Chateaubriand? We
were so fond of that book that we cried over it like Magdalens
under the line-trees last summer, and then it is an improving
work that might edify your young lady."