The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:|
now there, above the plain, according to the devious curves
of the stream, but always fainter and farther away, till I lost
it at last behind the miter-shaped hill of the great pagoda.
And then I was left alone with my ship, anchored at the head
of the Gulf of Siam.
She floated at the starting point of a long journey, very still in an
immense stillness, the shadows of her spars flung far to the eastward
by the setting sun. At that moment I was alone on her decks.
There was not a sound in her--and around us nothing moved, nothing lived,
not a canoe on the water, not a bird in the air, not a cloud in the sky.
In this breathless pause at the threshold of a long passage we seemed
The Secret Sharer