The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad:|
much of him for a long time to come."
The look she gave me in exchange for my discreet smile had no
hidden mirth in it. Her eyes seemed hollowed, her face gone wan in
a couple of hours. We had been laughing too much. Overwrought!
Overwrought by the approach of the decisive moment. After all,
sincere, courageous, and self-reliant as she was, she must have
felt both the passion and the compunction of her resolve. The very
strength of love which had carried her up to that point must have
put her under a great moral strain, in which there might have been
a little simple remorse, too. For she was honest - and there,
across the table, sat poor old Nelson (or Nielsen) staring at her,
'Twixt Land & Sea