The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte:|
you shan't touch one of them! no, not one, for your lives!'
continued he, exultingly; laying the nest on the ground, and
standing over it with his legs wide apart, his hands thrust into
his breeches-pockets, his body bent forward, and his face twisted
into all manner of contortions in the ecstasy of his delight.
'But you shall see me fettle 'em off. My word, but I WILL wallop
'em? See if I don't now. By gum! but there's rare sport for me in
'But, Tom,' said I, 'I shall not allow you to torture those birds.
They must either be killed at once or carried back to the place you
took them from, that the old birds may continue to feed them.'