The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Duchess of Padua by Oscar Wilde:|
That gentle head, set on the prison spike,
For the vile rabble in their insolence
To shoot their tongues at.
Was it so indeed?
Then by my father's spotless memory,
And by the shameful manner of his death,
And by the base betrayal by his friend,
For these at least remain, by these I swear
I will not lay my hand upon his life
Until you bid me, then - God help his soul,