The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Love and Friendship by Jane Austen:|
"Pray do not ask me such questions Lady Scudamore, said I turning
away my head, for it is not fit for me to answer them."
"Nay my Love replied she, now you confirm my suspicions. But why
Henrietta should you be ashamed to own a well-placed Love, or why
refuse to confide in me?"
"I am not ashamed to own it; said I taking Courage. I do not
refuse to confide in you or blush to say that I do love your
cousin Mr Musgrove, that I am sincerely attached to him, for it
is no disgrace to love a handsome Man. If he were plain indeed I
might have had reason to be ashamed of a passion which must have
been mean since the object would have been unworthy. But with
Love and Friendship