The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce:|
politics. The following illustrative lines were written of a
Californian gentleman in high political preferment, who has passed to
Of such tenacity his grip
That nothing from his hand can slip.
Well-buttered eels you may o'erwhelm
In tubs of liquid slippery-elm
In vain -- from his detaining pinch
They cannot struggle half an inch!
'Tis lucky that he so is planned
That breath he draws not with his hand,
The Devil's Dictionary