The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather:|
rant bushes. A few tough zenias and marigolds
and a row of scarlet sage bore witness to the
buckets of water that Mrs. Bergson had carried
there after sundown, against the prohibition of
her sons. Carl came quietly and slowly up the
garden path, looking intently at Alexandra.
She did not hear him. She was standing per-
fectly still, with that serious ease so character-
istic of her. Her thick, reddish braids, twisted
about her head, fairly burned in the sunlight.
The air was cool enough to make the warm sun