The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Finished by H. Rider Haggard:|
see, since he knew well that I should do my best to oppose him?
Oh! I had half a mind to go to Cetewayo and tell him all I knew
about Zikali, even if it involved the breaking of confidences.
But stay! Even if I were believed, this far-seeing wizard held
hostages for my good behaviour, and if I betrayed him what would
happen to those hostages? He sent me messages saying that they
were safe, suggesting that they had escaped to Natal. How was I
to know that these were true? I was utterly bewildered; I could
not guess why I had been beguiled into Zululand, and I dared not
step either this way or that for fear lest I should fall into
some pit dug by his cunning hands and, what was worse, drag down