The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:|
you'll keep out of this if you know what's good for you."
A rupture seemed imminent, but Paul laughed good-naturedly. "I wouldn't lay
fingers on your dirty pigments. Succeed beyond your most sanguine
expectations, yet you will always fetch up against the shadow. You can't get
away from it. Now I shall go on the very opposite tack. In the very nature of
my proposition the shadow will be eliminated--"
"Transparency!" ejaculated Lloyd, instantly. "But it can't be achieved."
"Oh, no; of course not." And Paul shrugged his shoulders and strolled off down
the briar-rose path.
This was the beginning of it. Both men attacked the problem with all the
tremendous energy for which they were noted, and with a rancor and bitterness