The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:|
no doors, no aperture of any kind, but only the solid walls
of the passage, there could be no hiding place even for him.
I took it that fear had helped imagination, and said nothing.
A few minutes later I saw Morris step suddenly back from a corner,
which he was examining. We all followed his movements with our eyes,
for undoubtedly some nervousness was growing on us, and we saw
a whole mass of phosphorescence, which twinkled like stars.
We all instinctively drew back. The whole place was becoming
alive with rats.
For a moment or two we stood appalled, all save Lord Godalming,
who was seemingly prepared for such an emergency. Rushing over to