The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:|
arm just before a couple of railway trucks drawn by a horse came
rolling along and hid them from the ship-keeper's sight for good.
Next day, when the chief mate joined the ship, he told him the tale
of the visit, and expressed himself about the girl "who had got hold
of the captain" disparagingly. She didn't look healthy, he
explained. "Shabby clothes, too," he added spitefully.
The mate was very much interested. He had been with Anthony for
several years, and had won for himself in the course of many long
voyages, a footing of familiarity, which was to be expected with a
man of Anthony's character. But in that slowly-grown intimacy of
the sea, which in its duration and solitude had its unguarded