The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson:|
Note 8, "THE FIRST OF THE VICTIMS FELL." Without doubt, this
whole scene is untrue to fact. The victims were disposed of
privately and some time before. And indeed I am far from
claiming the credit of any high degree of accuracy for this
ballad. Even in a time of famine, it is probable that
Marquesan life went far more gaily than is here represented.
But the melancholy of to-day lies on the writer's mind.
A LEGEND OF THE WEST HIGHLANDS