The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Chouans by Honore de Balzac:|
least. Swear it! I trust no one here but you."
"I don't command here," said the Chouan, in a surly tone.
His face darkened. She caught his long ears and twisted them gently as
if playing with a cat.
"At least," she said, seeing that he looked less stern, "promise me to
use all the power you have to protect our benefactress."
He shook his head as if he doubted of success, and the motion made her
tremble. At this critical moment the escort was entering the
courtyard. The tread of the soldiers and the rattle of their weapons
awoke the echoes and seemed to put an end to Marche-a-Terre's