The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart:|
There had been mild contention in the Wheeler family during all the
spring. Looking out from his quiet windows Walter Wheeler saw the
young world going by a-wheel, and going fast. Much that legitimately
belonged to it, and much that did not in the laxness of the new code,
he laid to the automobile. And doggedly he refused to buy one.
"We can always get a taxicab," was his imperturbable answer to Jim.
"I pay pretty good-sized taxi bills without unpleasant discussion.
I know you pretty well too, Jim. Better than you know yourself.
And if you had a car, you'd try your best to break your neck in it."
Now and then Jim got a car, however. Sometimes he rented one,
sometimes he cajoled Nina into lending him hers.
The Breaking Point