The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Maitre Cornelius by Honore de Balzac:|
The count left the room; but he made a gesture with his shoulders well
known to his wife, who could guess the thoughts of the jealous man,
and knew she must forestall his cruel designs.
"Tell me, my child, how do you think I am,--hey? Do I seem changed to
"Sire, do you want me to tell you the real truth, or would you rather
I deceived you?"
"No," he said, in a low voice, "I want to know truly what to expect."
"In that case, I think you look very ill to-day; but you will not let
my truthfulness injure the success of my cause, will you?"
"What is your cause?" asked the king, frowning and passing a hand