The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson:|
wooden house, a small cellar hard by in the hillside, and a
patch of vines planted and tended single-handed by himself.
He had but recently began; his vines were young, his business
young also; but I thought he had the look of the man who
succeeds. He hailed from Greenock: he remembered his father
putting him inside Mons Meg, and that touched me home; and we
exchanged a word or two of Scotch, which pleased me more than
you would fancy.
Mr. Schram's, on the other hand, is the oldest vineyard in
the valley, eighteen years old, I think; yet he began a
penniless barber, and even after he had broken ground up here