The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Firm of Nucingen by Honore de Balzac:|
shamefacedly in the silence and shadow of the Bourse. Lynx-eyed
speculators used to execute (financially speaking) the air Calumny out
of The Barber of Seville. They went about piano, piano, making known
the merits of the concern through the medium of stock-exchange gossip.
They could only exploit the victim in his own house, on the Bourse, or
in company; so they reached him by means of the skilfully created
rumor which grew till it reached a tutti of a quotation in four
"And as we can say anything among ourselves," said Couture, "I will go
back to the last subject."
"Vous etes orfevre, Monsieur Josse!" cried Finot.