The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson:|
my employment - the devil take him!
The next morning he returned and, as he was this time alone,
he bestowed his conversation upon us with great liberality.
He prided himself on his intelligence; asked us if we knew
the school ma'am. HE didn't think much of her, anyway. He
had tried her, he had. He had put a question to her. If a
tree a hundred feet high were to fall a foot a day, how long
would it take to fall right down? She had not been able to
solve the problem. "She don't know nothing," he opined. He
told us how a friend of his kept a school with a revolver,
and chuckled mightily over that; his friend could teach