The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:|
`SIR JOSEPH BANKS TENDER.
`SIR, - We are informed by our masters that our allowance
is to be as before, and it is not sufficient to serve us, for
we have been at work since four o'clock this morning, and we
have come on board to dinner, and there is no beer for us
before tomorrow morning, to which a sufficient answer is
required before we go from the beacon; and we are, Sir, your
most obedient servants.'
On reading this, the writer returned a verbal message,
intimating that an answer would be sent on board of the