The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Maitre Cornelius by Honore de Balzac:|
"Monsieur," said his wife, "you owe many thanks to this venerable
canon, who gave me a refuge here."
The count turned pale with anger; he dared not look at his friends,
who had come there more to laugh at him than to help him. Then he
"Thank God, father, I shall find some way to repay you."
He took his wife by the arm and, without allowing her to finish her
curtsey to the canon, he signed to his servants and left the church
without a word to the others who had accompanied him. His silence had
something savage and sullen about it. Impatient to reach his home and
preoccupied in searching for means to discover the truth, he took his