The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Some Reminiscences by Joseph Conrad:|
touching nothing. The peasants in the hall fell back and took
off their caps when he passed through. He said nothing whatever
to them. When he came back to the study all the arms to be found
in the house were lying on the table. There was a pair of big
flint-lock holster pistols from Napoleonic times, two cavalry
swords, one of the French the other of the Polish Army pattern,
with a fowling-piece or two.
The officer, opening the window, flung out pistols, swords and
guns, one after another, and his troopers ran to pick them up.
The peasants in the hall, encouraged by his manner, had stolen
after him into the study. He gave not the slightest sign of