The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:|
"For Heaven's sake, no," said his companion, holding down the
weapon which he was about to raise to the aim--"for Heaven's
sake, no; it's some poor distracted creature."
"Ye're distracted yoursell, for thinking of going so near to
her," said Elliot, holding his companion in his turn, as he
prepared to advance. "We'll aye hae time to pit ower a bit
prayer (an I could but mind ane) afore she comes this length
--God! she's in nae hurry," continued he, growing bolder from
his companion's confidence, and the little notice the apparition
seemed to take of them. "She hirples like a hen on a het girdle.
I redd ye, Earnscliff" (this he added in a gentle whisper), "let