The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The American by Henry James:|
"I have fallen from a height, and my fiasco has made no noise.
You, evidently, are a success. You have made a fortune,
you have built up an edifice, you are a financial, commercial power,
you can travel about the world until you have found a soft spot,
and lie down in it with the consciousness of having earned your rest.
Is not that true? Well, imagine the exact reverse of all that,
and you have me. I have done nothing--I can do nothing!"
"It's a long story. Some day I will tell you. Meanwhile, I'm right, eh?
You are a success? You have made a fortune? It's none of my business, but,
in short, you are rich?"