The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Talisman by Walter Scott:|
to spill, hath done, in his time, service to Christendom. He has
fallen from his duty through a snare set for him in mere folly
and idleness of spirit. A message sent to him in the name of one
who--why should I not speak it?--it was in my own--induced him
for an instant to leave his post. And what knight in the
Christian camp might not have thus far transgressed at command of
a maiden, who, poor howsoever in other qualities, hath yet the
blood of Plantagenet in her veins?"
"And you saw him, then, cousin?" replied the King, biting his
lips to keep down his passion.
"I did, my liege," said Edith. "It is no time to explain