The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic:|
as by intuition, he had paused. The elderly woman who
placed on the tiny table before him the tea and rolls
he ordered, was entirely unknown to him, he felt sure,
yet none the less she smiled at him, and spoke almost
familiarly--"I suppose Mrs. Ware is at the seaside,
and you are keeping bachelor's hall?"
"Not quite that," he responded stiffly, and hurried
through the meagre and distasteful repast, to avoid
any further conversation.
There was an idea underlying her remark, however, which
recurred to him when he had paid his ten cents and got
The Damnation of Theron Ware