The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Rescue by Joseph Conrad:|
of emotional return as between equals who had secretly recognized
each other's value. Yet at the same time she regretted not having
been left in the dark; as much in the dark as Mr. Travers himself
or d'Alcacer, though as to the latter it was impossible to say
how much precise, unaccountable, intuitive knowledge was buried
under his unruffled manner.
D'Alcacer was the sort of man whom it would be much easier to
suspect of anything in the world than ignorance--or stupidity.
Naturally he couldn't know anything definite or even guess at the
bare outline of the facts but somehow he must have scented the
situation in those few days of contact with Lingard. He was an