The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:|
a shake that might have meant many different things.
"That 's a reason why you ought to settle down with us,"
said Mr. Wentworth, with that dryness of utterance which,
as Eugenia was too intelligent not to feel, took nothing
from the delicacy of his meaning.
She looked at him, and for an instant, in his cold, still face,
she seemed to see a far-away likeness to the vaguely remembered
image of her mother. Eugenia was a woman of sudden emotions,
and now, unexpectedly, she felt one rising in her heart.
She kept looking round the circle; she knew that there
was admiration in all the eyes that were fixed upon her.