The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Heart of the West by O. Henry:|
"Lordy, I hope he ain't a coward," he was saying to himself. "I hope
he won't turn out to be a coward."
His doubts were soon allayed. Curly walked straight to where he stood.
His light-blue eyes were blazing.
"Now I'm clean," he said meaningly, "maybe you'll talk to me. Think
you've got a picnic here, do you? You clodhoppers think you can run
over a man because you know he can't get away. All right. Now, what do
you think of that?"
Curly planted a stinging slap against Ranse's left cheek. The print of
his hand stood out a dull red against the tan.
Ranse smiled happily.
Heart of the West