The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:|
o'clock. The faint, steady breeze was loaded with dew; and the wet,
darkened sails held all there was of propelling power in it.
The night, clear and starry, sparkled darkly, and the opaque,
lightless patches shifting slowly against the low stars
were the drifting islets. On the port bow there was a big
one more distant and shadowily imposing by the great space
of sky it eclipsed.
On opening the door I had a back view of my very own self looking at a chart.
He had come out of the recess and was standing near the table.
"Quite dark enough," I whispered.
He stepped back and leaned against my bed with a level, quiet glance.
The Secret Sharer