The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Pupil by Henry James:|
"Not a penny."
"Are you such a fool as to work for nothing?"
"You ought surely to know that."
Mrs. Moreen stared, then she coloured a little. Pemberton saw she
had quite forgotten the terms - if "terms" they could be called -
that he had ended by accepting from herself; they had burdened her
memory as little as her conscience. "Oh yes, I see what you mean -
you've been very nice about that; but why drag it in so often?"
She had been perfectly urbane with him ever since the rough scene
of explanation in his room the morning he made her accept HIS
"terms" - the necessity of his making his case known to Morgan.