The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Octopus by Frank Norris:|
"Hello, hello, Pres," cried Annixter, over the heads of the
intervening crowd, standing up in his stirrups and waving a hand,
"Great day! What a mob, hey? Say when this thing is over and
everybody starts to walk into the barbecue, come and have lunch
with us. I'll look for you, you and Harran. Hello, Harran,
where's the Governor?"
"He didn't come to-day," Harran shouted back, as the crowd
carried him further away from Annixter. "Left him and old
Broderson at Los Muertos."
The throng emerged into the open country again, spreading out
upon the Osterman ranch. From all directions could be seen