The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Glasses by Henry James:|
mystified me, making me, as she had had no such brave jewels in the
days of the Hammond Synges, wonder what undreamt-of improvement had
taken place in her fortunes. The ghost of a question hovered there
a moment: could anything so prodigious have happened as that on
her tested and proved amendment Lord Iffield had taken her back?
This could scarce have without my hearing of it; and moreover if
she had become a person of such fashion where was the little court
one would naturally see at her elbow? Her isolation was puzzling,
though it could easily suggest that she was but momentarily alone.
If she had come with Mrs. Meldrum that lady would have taken
advantage of the interval to pay a visit to some other box--