The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane:|
qualities of which he knew nothing should ever-
lastingly disgrace him. "Good Lord!" he re-
peated in dismay.
After a time the tall soldier slid dexterously
through the hole. The loud private followed.
They were wrangling.
"That's all right," said the tall soldier as he
entered. He waved his hand expressively. "You
can believe me or not, jest as you like. All you
got to do is to sit down and wait as quiet as you
can. Then pretty soon you'll find out I was right."
The Red Badge of Courage