The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:|
If he expected either of them to fall on his neck and weep tears
of gratitude at his pompous announcement, the colonel was
disappointed. From the darkness where the ranger's little partner
sat on the bed came a deep sigh of relief, but O'Connor did not
wink an eyelash.
"I may conclude, then, that Mike O'Halloran has been getting in
his work?" was his cool reply.
"Exactly, senor. He is the man on horseback and I travel afoot,"
Bucky looked him over coolly from head to foot. "Still I can't
quite understand why your ex-excellency does me the honor of a