The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:|
together, it is true, but I didn't know you for a reader of faces.
You are not a correct reader though. It's very far from being
wrong. You understand? As far from being wrong as it can very well
be. It ought to teach you not to make rash surmises. You should
leave that to the shore people. They are great hands at spying out
something wrong. I dare say they know what they have made of the
world. A dam' poor job of it and that's plain. It's a confoundedly
ugly place, Mr. Franklin. You don't know anything of it? Well--no,
we sailors don't. Only now and then one of us runs against
something cruel or underhand, enough to make your hair stand on end.
And when you do see a piece of their wickedness you find that to set