The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart:|
Bassett himself was helpless. He stood by, watching the fire of
his own igniting, conscious of the curious scrutiny of the few hotel
loungers who remained, and expecting momentarily to hear of Dick's
capture. It must come eventually, he felt sure. As to how Dick
had been identified, or by what means he had escaped, he was in
complete ignorance; and an endeavor to learn by establishing the
former entente cordiale between the room clerk and himself was met
by a suspicious glance and what amounted to a snub. He went back
to his chair against the wall and sat there, waiting for the end.
It was an hour before the Sheriff returned, and he came in scowling.
"I'll see you now," he said briefly, and led the way back to the
The Breaking Point