The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson:|
daughter was placed into the charge of some responsible persons, whose
names I have forgot." "Gebbie was the name," said I; "and there is no
doubt that Mr. Gebbie should have gone ashore with her at Helvoet. But
he did not, Mr. Drummond; and I think you might praise God that I was
there to offer in his place."
"I shall have a word to say to Mr. Gebbie before long," said he. "As
for yourself, I think it might have occurred that you were somewhat
young for such a post."
"But the choice was not between me and somebody else, it was between me
and nobody," cried I. "Nobody offered in my place, and I must say I
think you show a very small degree of gratitude to me that did."