The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:|
can be no question of straw there. Anthony of the Ferndale was not,
could not have been, a straw-stuffed specimen of a man. There are
flames a bucket of water sends leaping sky-high.
We may well wonder what happened when, after Fyne had left him, the
hesitating girl went up at last and opened the door of that room
where our man, I am certain, was not extinguished. Oh no! Nor
cold; whatever else he might have been.
It is conceivable he might have cried at her in the first moment of
humiliation, of exasperation, "Oh, it's you! Why are you here? If
I am so odious to you that you must write to my sister to say so, I
give you back your word." But then, don't you see, it could not