The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Firm of Nucingen by Honore de Balzac:|
the history of his fortune."
"You might just as well make a start with your story instead of
drawing us on to traduce ourselves," said Blondet with urbane good
"Aha! my boy," returned Bixiou, administering a little tap to the back
of Blondet's head, "you are making up for lost time over the
"Oh! by the sacred name of shareholder, get on with your story!" cried
"I was within an ace of it," retorted Bixiou, "but you with your
profanity have brought me to the climax."