The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:|
will be quite open within you, and I pray you for your own sake to
believe what I say, however much you may mistrust the rest. If you
break faith with me, YOU DIE. You die, not by my hand, but you
die. That is my price; take it or leave it. Should you leave it
and go hence to tell what you have heard this day, even then
misfortune may overtake you suddenly. Do you understand?'
'I understand. For my own sake I will respect your confidence.'
'Young sir, I like you better than ever. Had you said that you
would respect it because it was a confidence, I should have
mistrusted you, for doubtless you feel that secrets communicated so
readily have no claim to be held sacred. Nor have they, but when