The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:|
six months on the station at the Bell Rock, and during the
last four months few of the squad of builders had been ashore.
In particular, Mr. Peter Logan, the foreman, and Mr. Robert
Selkirk, principal builder, had never once left the rock. The
artificers, having made good wages during their stay, like
seamen upon a return voyage, were extremely happy, and spent
the evening with much innocent mirth and jollity.
In reflecting upon the state of the matters at the Bell
Rock during the working months, when the writer was much with
the artificers, nothing can equal the happy manner in which
these excellent workmen spent their time. They always went