The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:|
In short, we'll say if you like that for various reasons, all having
to do with the delicate rectitude of his nature, Roderick Anthony (a
man of whom his chief mate used to say: he doesn't know what fear
is) was frightened. There is a Nemesis which overtakes generosity
too, like all the other imprudences of men who dare to be lawless
and proud . . . "
"Why do you say this?" I inquired, for Marlow had stopped abruptly
and kept silent in the shadow of the bookcase.
"I say this because that man whom chance had thrown in Flora's way
was both: lawless and proud. Whether he knew anything about it or
not it does not matter. Very likely not. One may fling a glove in