The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:|
He held out his hand with a smile to Count Ottaviano.
"I won't deprive you any longer," he said, "of the pleasure of
reading your letter."
"Oh, sir, a thousand thanks! And when you return to the casa
Lombard, you will take a message from me--the letter she expected
"The letter she expected?" Wyant paused. "No, thank you. I
thought you understood that where I come from we don't do that
kind of thing--knowingly."
"But, sir, to serve a young lady!"
"I'm sorry for the young lady, if what you tell me is true"--the