The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Cousin Pons by Honore de Balzac:|
"What oath can a Jew swear?" she inquired.
"You may trust him," replied the marine store-dealer. "He is as honest
as I am."
"Very well; and you?" asked she, "if I get him to sell them to you,
what will you give me?"
"Half-share of profits," Remonencq answered briskly.
"I would rather have a lump sum," returned La Cibot; "I am not in
"You understand business uncommonly well!" put in Elie Magus, smiling;
"a famous saleswoman you would make!"
"I want her to take me into partnership, me and my goods," said the