The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain:|
He rose to his feet, and assumed an attitude which
for sublimity has never been approached by man,
and has seldom been surpassed by statues. Then he said,
in his deep bass tones:
"Behold, I am calm, I am ready; reveal to me the distance."
"Thirty-five yards." ...
I could not lift him up, of course; but I rolled him over,
and poured water down his back. He presently came to,
"Thirty-five yards--without a rest? But why ask? Since
murder was that man's intention, why should he palter