The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from In the Cage by Henry James:|
was poisonable; what had happened was that he had cannily selected
a partner with no poison to distil. She read then and there that
she should never interest herself in anybody as to whom some other
sentiment, some superior view, wouldn't be sure to interfere for
him with jealousy. "And what did you get out of that?" he asked
with a concern that was not in the least for his honour.
"Nothing but a good chance to promise him I wouldn't forsake him.
He's one of my customers."
"Then it's for him not to forsake YOU."
"Well, he won't. It's all right. But I must just keep on as long
as he may want me."