The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Sons of the Soil by Honore de Balzac:|
"I shall have it stuffed," replied the latter.
"Ah! but that good gentleman said I might keep the skin," cried
"Well, then," exclaimed the countess, hastily, "you shall have five
francs more for the skin; but go away now."
The powerful odor emitted by the pair made the dining-room so horribly
offensive that Madame de Montcornet, whose senses were very delicate,
would have been forced to leave the room if Fourchon and Mouche had
remained. To this circumstance the old man was indebted for his
twenty-five francs. He left the room with a timid glance at Michaud,