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:|
on both sides; and a messenger came to us the last thing at
night, to remind us of the hour. But it was eight before we
got clear of Calistoga: Kelmar, Mrs. Kelmar, a friend of
theirs whom we named Abramina, her little daughter, my wife,
myself, and, stowed away behind us, a cluster of ship's
coffee-kettles. These last were highly ornamental in the
sheen of their bright tin, but I could invent no reason for
their presence. Our carriageful reckoned up, as near as we
could get at it, some three hundred years to the six of us.
Four of the six, besides, were Hebrews. But I never, in all
my life, was conscious of so strong an atmosphere of holiday.