The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Whirligigs by O. Henry:|
is all upset on account of Elder Ebenezer Dorset's boy
having been lost or stolen. That was all I wanted to know.
I bought some smoking tobacco, referred casually to the
price of black-eyed peas, posted my letter surreptitiously
and came away. The postmaster said the mail-carrier
would come by in an hour to take the mail on to Summit.
When I got back to the cave Bill and the boy were not
to be found. I explored the vicinity of the cave, and risked
a yodel or two, but there was no response.
So I lighted my pipe and sat down on a mossy bank to