The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer:|
I perceived a shadowy form near the curtain to which he had referred.
I lay like a log, but my muscles were tensed nervously.
The shadow materialized as the figure moved forward into the room
with a curiously lithe movement.
The smoky lamp in the middle of the place afforded
scant illumination, serving only to indicate sprawling shapes--
here an extended hand, brown or yellow, there a sketchy,
corpse-like face; whilst from all about rose obscene sighings
and murmurings in far-away voices--an uncanny, animal chorus.
It was like a glimpse of the Inferno seen by some Chinese Dante.
But so close to us stood the newcomer that I was able to make out a
The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu