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:|
'I am much flattered,' I said, 'but might I ask what all these
compliments may mean? To be brief, what is your offer?'
'To be brief then, it is this. I am in need of an assistant who
must possess all the qualities that I see in you, but most of all
one which I can only guess you to possess--discretion. That
assistant would not be ill-paid; this house would be at his
disposal, and he would have opportunities of learning the world
such as are given to few. What say you?'
'I say this, senor, that I should wish to know more of the business
in which I am expected to assist. Your offers sound too liberal,
and I fear that I must earn your bounty by the doing of work that