The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:|
"Well, Trampas is aimin' to train him. Yu' see, supposin' yu'
were figuring to turn professional thief--yu'd be lookin' around
for a nice young trustful accomplice to take all the punishment
and let you take the rest."
"No such thing!" cried Scipio, angrily. "I'm no shirker." And
then, perceiving the Virginian's expression, he broke out
laughing. "Well," he exclaimed, "yu' fooled me that time."
"Looks that way. But I do mean it about Trampas."
Presently Scipio rose, and noticed the half-finished exercise
upon the Virginian's desk. "Trampas is a rolling stone," he said.
"A rolling piece of mud," corrected the Virginian.