The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:|
then just a trifle hasty when he tries your patience. Don't you
think you are?"
Jo was determined to have it out now, and tried to look
quite placid, though she quaked a little after her bold speech.
To her great relief and surprise, the old gentleman only threw
his spectacles onto the table with a rattle and exclaimed frankly,
"You're right, girl, I am! I love the boy, but he tries my
patience past bearing, and I know how it will end, if we go on so."
"I'll tell you, he'll run away." Jo was sorry for that speech the minute
it was made. She meant to warn him that Laurie would not bear much restraint,
and hoped he would be more forebearing with the lad.