The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane:|
at the small round tables. Very infrequent tipsy men, swollen with
the value of their opinions, engaged their companions in earnest
and confidential conversation. In the balcony, and here and there
below, shone the impassive faces of women. The nationalities of
the Bowery beamed upon the stage from all directions.
Pete aggressively walked up a side aisle and took seats with
Maggie at a table beneath the balcony.
Leaning back he regarded with eyes of superiority the scene
before them. This attitude affected Maggie strongly. A man who
could regard such a sight with indifference must be accustomed to
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets