The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:|
"I don't know."
Such calmness, such indifference, in the midst of these
terrible events, was scarcely credible.
"And is not the wire cut?" said Michael.
"It is cut between Kolyvan and Krasnoiarsk, but it is
still working between Kolyvan and the Russian frontier."
"For the government?"
"For the government, when it thinks proper. For the
public, when they pay. Ten copecks a word, whenever
you like, sir!"
Michael was about to reply to this strange clerk that he