The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from McTeague by Frank Norris:|
"What you got to do this afternoon, Mac?" inquired the
other, as they ate their suet pudding.
"Nothing, nothing," replied McTeague, shaking his head. His
mouth was full of pudding. It made him warm to eat, and
little beads of perspiration stood across the bridge of his
nose. He looked forward to an afternoon passed in his
operating chair as usual. On leaving his "Parlors" he had
put ten cents into his pitcher and had left it at Frenna's
to be filled.
"What do you say we take a walk, huh?" said Marcus. "Ah,
that's the thing--a walk, a long walk, by damn! It'll be