The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:|
but endeavored rather to exchange with each other the chat
of the day. They were sportsmen, after all, hunting on the
same ground. That which one missed might be advan-
tageously secured by the other, and it was to their interest
to meet and converse.
This evening they were both on the look out; they felt,
in fact, that there was something in the air.
"Even should it be only a wildgoose chase," said Alcide
Jolivet to himself, "it may be worth powder and shot."
The two correspondents therefore began by cautiously
sounding each other.