The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:|
Felix was laughing at his answer.
"It 's odd to hear you telling me how to be happy. I don't think
you know yourself, dear uncle. Now, does that sound brutal?"
The old man was silent a moment, and then, with a dry dignity
that suddenly touched his nephew: "We may sometimes point
out a road we are unable to follow."
"Ah, don't tell me you have had any sorrows," Felix rejoined.
"I did n't suppose it, and I did n't mean to allude to them.
I simply meant that you all don't amuse yourselves."
"Amuse ourselves? We are not children."
"Precisely not! You have reached the proper age.