The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:|
a fish, too. He made no motion to get out of the water, either.
It was inconceivable that he should not attempt to come on board,
and strangely troubling to suspect that perhaps he did not want to.
And my first words were prompted by just that troubled incertitude.
"What's the matter?" I asked in my ordinary tone, speaking down to the face
upturned exactly under mine.
"Cramp," it answered, no louder. Then slightly anxious, "I say,
no need to call anyone."
"I was not going to," I said.
"Are you alone on deck?"
The Secret Sharer