The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley:|
alder copse; and there, upon an alder stump, they saw Tom's clothes
lying. And then they knew as much about it all as there was any
need to know.
Ah, now comes the most wonderful part of this wonderful story.
Tom, when he woke, for of course he woke - children always wake
after they have slept exactly as long as is good for them - found
himself swimming about in the stream, being about four inches, or -
that I may be accurate - 3.87902 inches long and having round the
parotid region of his fauces a set of external gills (I hope you
understand all the big words) just like those of a sucking eft,