The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:|
went on, a great mistake for them to have separated without a
little chat; "for I know all about you," he said, "I know you're
very remarkable. You've written a very distinguished book."
"And how do you know it?" Paul asked.
"Why, my dear fellow, it's in the air, it's in the papers, it's
everywhere." St. George spoke with the immediate familiarity of a
confrere - a tone that seemed to his neighbour the very rustle of
the laurel. "You're on all men's lips and, what's better, on all
women's. And I've just been reading your book."
"Just? You hadn't read it this afternoon," said Overt.
"How do you know that?"