The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells:|
very fatigued, though I got rather pinched by one boot.
The morning must have been very clear, because I remember that
near Itchinstow Hall I looked back and saw the estuary of the
Thames, that river that has since played so large a part in my
life. But at the time I did not know it was the Thames, I
thought this great expanse of mud flats and water was the sea,
which I had never yet seen nearly. And out upon it stood ships,
sailing ships and a steamer or so, going up to London or down out
into the great seas of the world. I stood for a long time
watching these and thinking whether after all I should not have
done better to have run away to sea.