The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:|
from the doorway. "Really, Mrs. Klopton, I'm amazed at you. You
old duffer! I've got you to thank for the worst day of my life."
Mrs. Klopton gulped. Then realizing that the "old duffer" was meant
for me, she took her empty cup and went out muttering.
"The Pirate's crazy about me, isn't she?" McKnight said to the
closing door. Then he swung around and held out his hand.
"By Jove," he said, "I've been laying you out all day, lilies on
the door-bell, black gloves, everything. If you had had the sense
of a mosquito in a snow-storm, you would have telephoned me."
"I never even thought of it." I was filled with remorse. "Upon my
word, Rich, I hadn't an idea beyond getting away from that place.
The Man in Lower Ten