The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The White Moll by Frank L. Packard:|
her key when she went out, she heard the footsteps coming steadily
on, passing the doors below her, and making toward the garret ladder.
And then, stifling a startled little cry, her hand closed on the key,
and closed, as it had closed on that first night when she had
returned here in the role of Gypsy Nan, on a piece of paper wrapped
around the key. The days of isolation were ended with climacteric
effect; the pendulum had swung full the other way - to-night there
was both a visitor and a message!
The paper detached from the key and thrust into her bodice, she
stood up quickly. A form, looming up even in the darkness, showed
on the garret stairs. "Who's dere?" she croaked.