The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Market-Place by Harold Frederic:|
that you haven't an inkling of," Thorpe told him,
lightly. "I've been watching every move you've made,
seeing further ahead in your own game than you did.
Why, it was too easy! It was like playing draughts
with a girl. I knew you would come today, for example.
I told the people out there that I expected you."
"Yes-s," said the other, with rueful bewilderment.
"You seem to have been rather on the spot--I confess."
"On the spot? All over the place!" Thorpe lifted himself
slightly in his chair, and put more animation into his voice.
"It's the mistake you people make!" he declared oracularly.