The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from An Inland Voyage by Robert Louis Stevenson:|
among marquises, and the reigning monarch among dukes, if he will
only outvie them in tranquillity. An imperturbable demeanour comes
from perfect patience. Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or
frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private
pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.
We made a very short day of it to La Fere; but the dusk was
falling, and a small rain had begun before we stowed the boats. La
Fere is a fortified town in a plain, and has two belts of rampart.
Between the first and the second extends a region of waste land and
cultivated patches. Here and there along the wayside were posters
forbidding trespass in the name of military engineering. At last,