The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:|
turned to consider his friend's disguise. 'You must shave off
that beard of yours,' he said.
'My beard!' cried Pitman. 'I cannot shave my beard. I cannot
tamper with my appearance--my principals would object. They hold
very strong views as to the appearance of the professors--young
ladies are considered so romantic. My beard was regarded as quite
a feature when I went about the place. It was regarded,' said the
artist, with rising colour, 'it was regarded as unbecoming.'
'You can let it grow again,' returned Michael, 'and then you'll
be so precious ugly that they'll raise your salary.'
'But I don't want to be ugly,' cried the artist.