The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad:|
"I was thinking of your immense generosity. You want to give a
crown to one man, a fortune to another. That is very fine. But I
suppose there is a limit to your generosity somewhere."
"I don't see why there should be any limit - to fine intentions!
Yes, one would like to pay ransom and be done with it all."
"That's the feeling of a captive; and yet somehow I can't think of
you as ever having been anybody's captive."
"You do display some wonderful insight sometimes. My dear, I begin
to suspect that men are rather conceited about their powers. They
think they dominate us. Even exceptional men will think that; men
too great for mere vanity, men like Henry Allegre for instance, who
The Arrow of Gold