The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:|
I said, and turned my back on him. `I wonder that you can,'
cries he, and locks the door.
"Well after that, I couldn't. Not very well.
That was three weeks ago. We have had a slow passage
through the Java Sea; drifted about Carimata for ten days.
When we anchored here they thought, I suppose, it was all right.
The nearest land (and that's five miles) is the ship's destination;
the consul would soon set about catching me; and there would
have been no object in bolding to these islets there.
I don't suppose there's a drop of water on them. I don't know
how it was, but tonight that steward, after bringing me my supper,
The Secret Sharer