The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs:|
swiftly running stream of filth that reached above his knees.
Downward he followed this flood--faster now for the fear
of the deadly gases which might overpower him before he
could reach the river.
The water deepened gradually as he went on. At last he
reached a point where, with his head scraping against the
roof of the sewer, his chin was just above the surface of
the stream. A few more steps would be all that he could take
in this direction without drowning. Could he retrace his way
against the swift current? He did not know. He was weak-
ened from the effects of his wound, from lack of food and
The Mad King