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:|
a week. So I tried to assure myself that I had imagined the lady's
distress - or caused it, perhaps - and to dismiss her from my mind.
Perhaps she was merely anxious about the unpleasant gentleman of the
restaurant. I thought smugly that I could have told her all about
him: that he was sleeping the sleep of the just and the intoxicated
in a berth that ought, by all that was fair and right, to have been
mine, and that if I were tied to a man who snored like that I should
have him anesthetized and his soft palate put where it would never
again flap like a loose sail in the wind.
We passed Harrisburg as I stood there. It was starlight, and the
great crests of the Alleghanies had given way to low hills. At
The Man in Lower Ten