The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Mirror of the Sea by Joseph Conrad:|
came to hand, according to the side of the deck each man had been
caught on by the catastrophe, either to leeward or to windward.
The shouting I need not mention - it was the merest drop in an
ocean of noise - and yet the character of the gale seems contained
in the recollection of one small, not particularly impressive,
sallow man without a cap and with a very still face. Captain Jones
- let us call him Jones - had been caught unawares. Two orders he
had given at the first sign of an utterly unforeseen onset; after
that the magnitude of his mistake seemed to have overwhelmed him.
We were doing what was needed and feasible. The ship behaved well.
Of course, it was some time before we could pause in our fierce and
The Mirror of the Sea