The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain:|
without thinking I left the paper lying open on my desk." He
stopped, turned his head slowly toward Billson, waited a moment,
then added: "I ask you to note this; when I returned, a little
latter, Mr. Billson was retiring by my street door." [Sensation.]
In a moment Billson was on his feet and shouting:
"It's a lie! It's an infamous lie!"
The Chair. "Be seated, sir! Mr. Wilson has the floor."
Billson's friends pulled him into his seat and quieted him, and
Wilson went on:
"Those are the simple facts. My note was now lying in a different
place on the table from where I had left it. I noticed that, but
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg