The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Mansion by Henry van Dyke:|
The book seemed to float away from him. The light vanished.
He wondered dimly if this could be Death, coming so suddenly, so
so irresistibly. He struggled for a moment to hold himself up,
and then sank slowly forward upon the table. His head rested
his folded hands. He slipped into the unknown.
How long afterward conscious life returned to him he did not
The blank might have been an hour or a century. He knew only