The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:|
good end, namely, sharks, which were made on purpose to devour
useless carcasses like thine. Moreover, as a brother of the Rose,
thou wert bound by the vow of thy brotherhood to have leaped
joyfully down that shark's mouth.
Jack. Ay, very likely, if Mistress Rose had been in his stomach;
but I wanted to fight Spaniards just then, not to be shark-bitten.
Frank. Jack, thy answer savors of self-will. If it is ordained
that thou shouldst advance the ends of the Brotherhood by being
shark-bitten, or flea-bitten, or bitten by sharpers, to the
detriment of thy carnal wealth, or, shortly, to suffer any shame or
torment whatsoever, even to strappado and scarpines, thou art bound