The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:|
"You must not say those things," I expostulated. "Perhaps, after
all, your friends - "
"I had no friends on the train." Her voice was hard again, her tone
final. She drew her hand from under mine, not quickly, but
decisively. A car was in sight, coming toward us. The steel finger
of civilization, of propriety, of visiting cards and formal
introductions was beckoning us in. Miss West put on her shoe.
We said little on the car. The few passengers stared at us frankly,
and discussed the wreck, emphasizing its horrors. The girl did not
seem to hear. Once she turned to me with the quick, unexpected
movement that was one of her charms.
The Man in Lower Ten