The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:|
I found them down at the bottom, clutching tight to the roots, their heads not
a foot apart, their eyes wide open, each glaring fixedly at the other. They
were suffering frightful torment, writhing and twisting in the pangs of
voluntary suffocation; for neither would let go and acknowledge himself
beaten. I tried to break Paul's hold on the root, but he resisted me fiercely.
Then I lost my breath and came to the surface, badly scared. I quickly
explained the situation, and half a dozen of us went down and by main strength
tore them loose. By the time we got them out, both were unconscious, and it
was only after much barrel-rolling and rubbing and pounding that they finally
came to their senses. They would have drowned there, had no one rescued them.