The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Betty Zane by Zane Grey:|
"Would you mind being explicit?" she questioned.
Alfred had laughed and was about to answer when the whip-like crack of a rifle
came from the hillside. The echoes of the shot reverberated from hill to hill
and were finally lost far down the valley.
"What can that be?" exclaimed Alfred anxiously, recalling Colonel Zane's odd
manner when they were about to leave the house.
"I am not sure, but I think that is my turkey, unless Lew Wetzel happened to
miss his aim," said Betty, laughing. "And that is such an unprecedented thing
that it can hardly be considered. Turkeys are scarce this season. Jonathan
says the foxes and wolves ate up the broods. Lew heard this turkey calling and
he made little Harry Bennet, who had started out with his gun, stay at home