The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Hated Son by Honore de Balzac:|
"Mother!" added Etienne, "who art in heaven, obtain from the Virgin
that if we cannot--Gabrielle and I--be happy here below we may at
least die together, and without suffering. Call us, and we will go to
Then, having recited their evening prayers, Gabrielle related her
interview with Baron d'Artagnon.
"Gabrielle," said the young man, gathering strength from his despair,
"I shall know how to resist my father."
He kissed her on the forehead, but not again upon the lips. Then he
returned to the castle, resolved to face the terrible man who had