The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley:|
eyebrows; and under her arm she carried a great birch-rod. Indeed,
she was so ugly that Tom was tempted to make faces at her: but did
not; for he did not admire the look of the birch-rod under her arm.
And she looked at the children one by one, and seemed very much
pleased with them, though she never asked them one question about
how they were behaving; and then began giving them all sorts of
nice sea-things - sea-cakes, sea-apples, sea-oranges, sea-
bullseyes, sea-toffee; and to the very best of all she gave sea-
ices, made out of sea-cows' cream, which never melt under water.
And, if you don't quite believe me, then just think - What is more
cheap and plentiful than sea-rock? Then why should there not be