The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Country Doctor by Honore de Balzac:|
salon, and went upstairs to wait for my good friend. I looked at
the letter, out of curiosity, before I laid it on the chimney-
piece, and noticed the handwriting and the postmark. It came from
Paris, and I think it was a lady's hand. I am telling you about it
because of things that happened afterwards.
"About ten o'clock, I heard the horse returning, and M. Benassis'
voice. He said to Nicolle, 'It is cold enough to-night to bring
the wolves out. I do not feel at all well.' Nicolle said, 'Shall I
go and wake Jacquotte?' And M. Benassis answered, 'Oh! no, no,'
and came upstairs.
"I said, 'I have your tea here, all ready for you,' and he smiled