The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad:|
drink for which Jasper seemed to be asking.
Where he wanted to go - or what purpose - where he, perhaps, only
imagined himself to be going, when a sudden impulse or the sight of
a familiar place had made him turn into Orange House - it is
impossible to say. He was steadying himself lightly with the tips
of his fingers on the little table. There were on that verandah
two men whom he knew well personally, but his gaze roaming
incessantly as though he were looking for a way of escape, passed
and repassed over them without a sign of recognition. They, on
their side, looking at him, doubted the evidence of their own eyes.
It was not that his face was distorted. On the contrary, it was
'Twixt Land & Sea