The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells:|
What are they? What sort of people can they be to drag in a passing
young man? I suppose this girl of theirs goes out every evening--
Was she painted, Poff?"
She whipped him with her questions as though she was slashing his
face. He became dead-white and grimly civil, answering every
question as though it was the sanest, most justifiable inquiry.
"Of course I don't know who they are. How should I know? What need
is there to know?"
"There are ways of finding out," she insisted. "If I am to go down
and make myself pleasant to these people because of you."
"But I implore you not to."