The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan:|
Mrs. Innes's colour had not returned, but there was a recklessness
in the lines of her mouth. In the way she held her chin, expressing
that she had been reflecting on old scores, and anticipated the
worst. Meeting this vigilance Miss Anderson experienced a slight
recoil. Her happiness, she realized, had been brought to her in the
hands of ugly circumstance.
'And so melodramatic,' she told herself. 'It is really almost
vulgar. In a story I should have no patience with it.' But she
went on stirring her coffee with a little uncontrollable smile.
A moment later she had to contemplate the circumstance that her
hostess was addressing her. Mrs. Innes wished to be introduced.