The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Wrecker by Stevenson & Osbourne:|
in the stair. "Now, gentlemen," he went on, "I understand
you're a joint-stock sort of crew, and that's why I've had you all
down; for there's a point I want made clear. You see what sort
of a ship this is--a good ship, though I say it, and you see what
the rations are--good enough for sailor-men."
There was a hurried murmur of approval, but curiosity for what
was coming next prevented an articulate reply.
"Well," continued Trent, making bread pills and looking hard
at the middle of the table, "I'm glad of course to be able to give
you a passage to 'Frisco; one sailor-man should help another,
that's my motto. But when you want a thing in this world, you