The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:|
bent, for a small hotel where he lived on the American plan.
"I want to think some things over," he said in response to my
invitation to dinner, "and, anyhow, there's no use dining out when
I pay the same, dinner or no dinner, where I am stopping."
The day had been hot, and the first floor dining-room was sultry in
spite of the palms and fans which attempted to simulate the verdure
and breezes of the country.
It was crowded, too, with a typical summer night crowd, and, after
sitting for a few minutes in a sweltering corner, we got up and went
to the smaller dining-room up-stairs. Here it was not so warm, and
we settled ourselves comfortably by a window.
The Man in Lower Ten