The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland by Olive Schreiner:|
Peter moved nearer, so that he almost knelt at the stranger's feet: his
gun lay on the ground at the other side of the fire.
"I would like to be one of your men," he said. "I am tired of belonging to
the Chartered Company."
The stranger looked down gently. "Peter Simon Halket," he said, "can you
bear the weight?"
And Peter said, "Give me work, that I may try."
There was silence for a time; then the stranger said, "Peter Simon Halket,
take a message to England"--Peter Halket started--"Go to that great people
and cry aloud to it: 'Where is the sword was given into your hand, that