The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:|
hold, I to drag him over to his death.
His face was taking on a livid hue, his eyes were bulging
from their sockets. It was evident to him that he soon must
die unless he tore loose from the steel fingers that were
choking the life from him. With a final effort he threw himself
further back upon the deck, at the same instant releasing his
hold upon the rail to tear frantically with both hands at my
fingers in an effort to drag them from his throat.
That little second was all that I awaited. With one mighty
downward surge I swept him clear of the deck. His falling
body came near to tearing me from the frail hold that my
The Gods of Mars