The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:|
tones of the last trump, it would have equally dethroned his
resolution. 'It may be a practical jest,' he reflected, 'though
it seems elaborate and costly. And yet what else can it be? It
MUST be a practical jest.' And just then his eye fell upon a
feature which seemed corroborative of that view: the pagoda of
cigars which Michael had erected ere he left the chambers. 'Why
that?' reflected Gideon. 'It seems entirely irresponsible.' And
drawing near, he gingerly demolished it. 'A key,' he thought.
'Why that? And why so conspicuously placed?' He made the circuit
of the instrument, and perceived the keyhole at the back. 'Aha!
this is what the key is for,' said he. 'They wanted me to look