The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:|
rhyme or reason, arbitrarily chased out of my cabin, suddenly called
into it, sent flying out of his pantry on incomprehensible errands,
that accounted for the growing wretchedness of his expression.
"Where are you going with that coat?"
"To your room, sir."
"Is there another shower coming?"
"I'm sure I don't know, sir. Shall I go up again and see, sir?"
"No! never mind."
My object was attained, as of course my other self in there would have heard
everything that passed. During this interlude my two officers never raised
their eyes off their respective plates; but the lip of that confounded cub,
The Secret Sharer