The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Marie by H. Rider Haggard:|
should prove yourself the exception to the rule, it can't be done at
once, can it? Fortunes don't grow in a night, like mushrooms."
"No, I suppose not, father. Still, one might have some luck."
"Possibly. But meanwhile you have to fight against a man who has the
luck, or rather the money in his pocket."
"What do you mean?" I asked, sitting up.
"I mean Hernando Pereira, Allan, Marais's nephew, who they say is one of
the richest men in the Colony. I know that he wishes to marry Marie."
"How do you know it, father?"
"Because Marais told me so this afternoon, probably with a purpose. He
was struck with her beauty when he first saw her after your escape,