The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Modeste Mignon by Honore de Balzac:|
"Good God! such excitements wear me out," said Dumay; "and yet I'm a
"May I lose that twenty-five sous if I have the slightest idea what
you are about," remarked Gobenheim. "You seem to me to be crazy."
"And yet it is all about a treasure," said Butscha, standing on tiptoe
to whisper in Gobenheim's ear.
"Dumay, I am sorry to say that I am still almost certain of what I
told you," persisted Madame Mignon.
"The burden of proof is now on you, madame," said Dumay, calmly; "it
is for you to prove that we are mistaken."