The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Maitre Cornelius by Honore de Balzac:|
"Where would be the pleasure?" cried the king, seeing only an
amusement in this affair.
"Ah! do you want your pleasure to cost me grief?"
"Oh! you sly little girl, haven't you any confidence in me?"
"Then, sire, set the young nobleman at liberty."
"So! he is a nobleman, is he?" cried the king. "Then he is not an
"He is certainly innocent," she said.
"I don't see it so," said the king, coldly. "I am the law and justice
of my kingdom, and I must punish evil-doers."
"Come, don't put on that solemn face of yours! Give me the life of