The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James:|
I began, "you must let me say to you something I have on my mind.
I shall be glad to make any terms with you that you see fit to name
for the information she must have had from George Corvick - the
information you know, that had come to him, poor chap, in one of
the happiest hours of his life, straight from Hugh Vereker."
He looked at me like a dim phrenological bust. "The information -
"Vereker's secret, my dear man - the general intention of his
books: the string the pearls were strung on, the buried treasure,
the figure in the carpet."
He began to flush - the numbers on his bumps to come out.