The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Pupil by Henry James:|
before bursting into a laugh, he stared at her with surprise, she
declared that she was awfully pressed for the money; she was
desperate for it - it would save her life.
"Dear lady, c'est trop fort!" Pemberton laughed in the manner and
with the borrowed grace of idiom that marked the best colloquial,
the best anecdotic, moments of his friends themselves. "Where in
the world do you suppose I should get three louis, du train dont
"I thought you worked - wrote things. Don't they pay you?"
"Not a penny."
"Are you such a fool as to work for nothing?"