The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Underground City by Jules Verne:|
I am still strong enough to bear you!" The young man understood
in an instant. His father propped himself up against the rock.
Harry got upon his shoulders, so that with his pick he could reach
the line of the fissure. Then with quick sharp blows he attacked it.
Almost directly afterwards a slight sound was heard, like champagne
escaping from a bottle--a sound commonly expressed by the word "puff."
Harry again seized his lamp, and held it to the opening.
There was a slight report; and a little red flame, rather blue
at its outline, flickered over the rock like a Will-o'-the-Wisp.
Harry leaped to the ground, and the old overman, unable to contain his
joy, grasped the engineer's hands, exclaiming, "Hurrah! hurrah! hurrah!