The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:|
its qualification, is traced back to the remotest antiquity.
The ancients called it Kalonese, from two Greek words,
signifying beautiful isle. Thus at a distance of eighteen
hundred years, it had borne, in another idiom, the same name
it still bears. There was, then, something in itself in this
property of M. Fouquet's, besides its position of six
leagues off the coast of France; a position which makes it a
sovereign in its maritime solitude, like a majestic ship
which disdains roads, and proudly casts anchor in mid-ocean.
D'Artagnan learnt all this without appearing the least in
the world astonished. He also learnt that the best way to
Ten Years Later