The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:|
earnest, that the ungainliness of his figure was forgotten; and
when he finished with a violent burst of tears, Frank, forgetting
his wounds, sprang up and caught him by the hand.
"John Brimblecombe, forgive me! Gentlemen, if we are gentlemen, we
ought to ask his pardon. Has he not shown already more chivalry,
more self-denial, and therefore more true love, than any of us? My
friends, let the fierceness of affection, which we have used as an
excuse for many a sin of our own, excuse his listening to a
conversation in which he well deserved to bear a part."
"Ah," said Jack, "you make me one of your brotherhood; and see if I
do not dare to suffer as much as any of you! You laugh? Do you