The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from A Hero of Our Time by M.Y. Lermontov:|
quisitive gossips of all inquisitive folk -- and I
rapidly disengaged my hand from her passionate
"I will tell you the whole truth," I answered.
"I will not justify myself, nor explain my ac-
tions: I do not love you."
Her lips grew slightly pale.
"Leave me," she said, in a scarcely audible
I shrugged my shoulders, turned round, and