The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:|
"The Tartars!" she whispered.
It was indeed the Emir's advance-guard, passing rapidly
along the road to Irkutsk.
"They shall not prevent me from burying him!" said
Michael. And he continued his work.
Soon, the body of Nicholas, the hands crossed on the
breast, was laid in the grave. Michael and Nadia, kneeling,
prayed a last time for the poor fellow, inoffensive and good,
who had paid for his devotion towards them with his life.
"And now," said Michael, as he threw in the earth, "the
wolves of the steppe will not devour him."