The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:|
but the key of the latter had been mislaid. Michael opened it and
ran his fingers over the dumb keys. 'Fine instrument--full, rich
tone,' he observed, and he drew in a seat.
When Mr Pitman returned to the studio, he was appalled to observe
his guide, philosopher, and friend performing miracles of
execution on the silent grand.
'Heaven help me!' thought the little man, 'I fear he has been
drinking! Mr Finsbury,' he said aloud; and Michael, without
rising, turned upon him a countenance somewhat flushed, encircled
with the bush of the red whiskers, and bestridden by the
spectacles. 'Capriccio in B-flat on the departure of a friend,'