The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs:|
The Easterner, who had been a listener, was shocked by the
brutality of Grayson's speech; but Bridge only laughed.
"If you must know," he said, "I never bought that horse,
an' the man he belonged to didn't give him to me. I just took
"You got your nerve," growled Grayson. "I guess you
better git out. We don't want no horse thieves here."
"Wait," interposed the boss. "This man doesn't act like a
horse thief. A horse thief, I should imagine, would scarcely
admit his guilt. Let's have his story before we judge him."
"All right," said Grayson; "but he's just admitted he stole