The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Spirit of the Border by Zane Grey:|
gets out on the frontier."
"For that matter, you don't hear much of anything, except of the wonderful
richness and promise of the western country."
"You're right. Rumors of fat, fertile lands induce the colonist to become a
pioneer. He comes west with his family; two out of every ten lose their
scalps, and in some places the average is much greater. The wives, daughters
and children are carried off into captivity. I have been on the border two
years, and know that the rescue of any captive, as Wetzel rescued your friend,
is a remarkable exception."
"If you have so little hope of recovering your sweetheart, what then is your
motive for accompanying this band of hunters?"
The Spirit of the Border