The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:|
give myself the pleasure of saying now," he went on.
"I could tell you how much I admire you, without seeming
to pretend to that which I have no right to pretend to.
I should make violent love to you," he added, laughing, "if I
thought you were so placed as not to be offended by it."
"You mean if I were engaged to another man? That is strange reasoning!"
"In that case you would not take me seriously."
"I take every one seriously," said Gertrude. And without his help she
stepped lightly into the boat.
Felix took up the oars and sent it forward. "Ah, this is what you have