The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from McTeague by Frank Norris:|
McTeague was checked. He poured some bromide of potassium
into a graduated glass and held it to her lips.
"Here, swallow this," he said.
Once every two months Maria Macapa set the entire flat in
commotion. She roamed the building from garret to cellar,
searching each corner, ferreting through every old box and
trunk and barrel, groping about on the top shelves of
closets, peering into rag-bags, exasperating the lodgers
with her persistence and importunity. She was collecting
junks, bits of iron, stone jugs, glass bottles, old sacks,