The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Cromwell by William Shakespeare:|
And unto those they owe a thousand pound,
Pay scarce a hundred. O, sir, beware of him.
The man is lewdly given to Dice and Drabs,
Spends all he hath in harlots' companies;
It is no mercy for to pity him.
I speak the truth of him, for nothing else,
But for the kindness that I bear to you.
If it be so, he hath deceived me much,
And to deal strictly with such a one as he--
Better severe than too much lenity.