The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Marie by H. Rider Haggard:|
"So you have got well again," he said in a genial voice that yet did not
ring true. Indeed, it suggested to me that he wished I had done nothing
of the sort. "Well, Mynheer Allan, here you find me quite ready to
shoot your head off." (He didn't mean that, though I dare say he was.)
"I tell you that the mare is as good as mine, for I have been
practising, haven't I, Marie? as the 'aasvogels'" (that is, vultures)
"round the stead know to their cost."
"Yes, Cousin Hernan," said Marie, "you have been practising, but so,
perhaps, has Allan."
By this time all the company of Boers had collected round us, and began
to evince a great interest in the pending contest, as was natural among