The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Mirror of the Sea by Joseph Conrad:|
"Ports are no good - ships rot, men go to the devil!"
"Ships!" exclaimed an elderly seaman in clean shore togs. "Ships"
- and his keen glance, turning away from my face, ran along the
vista of magnificent figure-heads that in the late seventies used
to overhang in a serried rank the muddy pavement by the side of the
New South Dock - "ships are all right; it's the men in 'em. . ."
Fifty hulls, at least, moulded on lines of beauty and speed - hulls
of wood, of iron, expressing in their forms the highest achievement
of modern ship-building - lay moored all in a row, stem to quay, as
if assembled there for an exhibition, not of a great industry, but
The Mirror of the Sea