The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad:|
"I don't understand--be so good as to . . ."
She stood up. For a second he believed she intended to go away, and
it was as though someone had jerked a string attached to his heart. It
hurt. He remained open-mouthed and silent. But she made an irresolute
step towards him, and instinctively he moved aside. They stood before
one another, and the fragments of the torn letter lay between
them--at their feet--like an insurmountable obstacle, like a sign of
eternal separation! Around them three other couples stood still and
face to face, as if waiting for a signal to begin some action--a
struggle, a dispute, or a dance.
Tales of Unrest