The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from An International Episode by Henry James:|
I make use of this expression, because both interlocutors had begun
to raise their voices. Percy Beaumont naturally did not like to hear
his country abused, and Mrs. Westgate, no less naturally, did not like
a stubborn debater.
"Hallo!" said Lord Lambeth; "what are they up to now?"
And he came away from the window, where he had been standing
with Bessie Alden.
"I quite agree with a very clever countrywoman of mine," Mrs. Westgate
continued with charming ardor, though with imperfect relevancy.
She smiled at the two gentlemen for a moment with terrible brightness, as if
to toss at their feet--upon their native heath--the gauntlet of defiance.