The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:|
"Where have you left him, Iddibal?"
"Down there, Master;" and extricating herself from her veils, she
rubbed her face with her sleeve; the black colour, the senile
trembling, the bent figure disappeared, and there remained a strong
old man whose skin seemed tanned by sand, wind, and sea. A tuft of
white hair rose on his skull like the crest of a bird; and he
indicated his disguise, as it lay on the ground, with an ironic
"You have done well, Iddibal! 'Tis well!" Then piercing him, as it
were, with his keen gaze: "No one yet suspects?"