The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Riverman by Stewart Edward White:|
vigorously, swept down stream with the mass, he pulled, hauled, and
heaved, forcing the heavy, reluctant timbers from the cohesion that
threatened trouble later. Oblivious to his surroundings, he
wrenched and pried desperately. The banks of the river drifted by.
Point succeeded point, as though withdrawn up stream by some
invisible manipulator. The river appeared stationary, the banks in
motion. Finally he heard at his elbow the voice of the man
stationed below him, who had run out from his own point.
"Hullo, Bill," he replied to this man, "you old slough hog! Tie
into this this!"
"All the time!" agreed Bill cheerfully.