The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:|
excessive tension and endurance, and they lived at concert pitch.
But there was a trio involved in this remarkable friendship, and the third was
short, and fat, and chunky, and lazy, and, loath to say, it was I. Paul and
Lloyd seemed born to rivalry with each other, and I to be peacemaker between
them. We grew up together, the three of us, and full often have I received the
angry blows each intended for the other. They were always competing, striving
to outdo each other, and when entered upon some such struggle there was no
limit either to their endeavors or passions.
This intense spirit of rivalry obtained in their studies and their games. If
Paul memorized one canto of "Marmion," Lloyd memorized two cantos, Paul came
back with three, and Lloyd again with four, till each knew the whole poem by