The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Fisherman's Luck by Henry van Dyke:|
taken half a dozen small ones and come to the end of my cast. There
is a big one lying out in the middle of the river, I am sure. But
the water already rises to my hips; another step will bring it over
the top of my waders, and send me downstream feet uppermost.
"Take care!" cries Graygown from the grassy bank, where she sits
placidly crocheting some mysterious fabric of white yarn.
She does not see the large rock lying at the bottom of the river
just beyond me. If I can step on that, and stand there without
being swept away, I can reach the mid-current with my flies. It is
a long stride and a slippery foothold, but by good luck "the last
step which costs" is accomplished. The tiny black and orange hackle