The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Options by O. Henry:|
"Shane walks by with his big laugh.
"'Business looking up any?' he asks.
"'It's looking at itself right now,' says I.
"By-and-by a kind of a murmur goes through the crowd. The women had
looked into the magic crystal and seen that they were beautiful, and
was confiding the secret to the men. The men seemed to be urging the
lack of money and the hard times just before the election, but their
excuses didn't go.
"Then was my time.
"I called McClintock away from an animated conversation with his mules
and told him to do some interpreting.