The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Shadow out of Time by H. P. Lovecraft:|
dared not guess.
I found the downward incline and began its
descent - though after a time halted by a gaping, ragged chasm
whose narrowest point could not be much less than four feet across.
Here the stonework had fallen through, revealing incalculable
inky depths beneath.
I knew there were two more cellar levels
in this titan edifice, and trembled with fresh panic as I recalled
the metal-clamped trap-door on the lowest one. There could be
no guards now - for what had lurked beneath had long since done
its hideous work and sunk into its long decline. By the time of
Shadow out of Time