The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Octopus by Frank Norris:|
possibilities of eating-houses, she spent the whole of her
quarter upon supper for herself and Hilda, and had nothing left
wherewith to buy a lodging.
The night was dreadful; Hilda sobbed herself to sleep on her
mother's shoulder, waking thereafter from hour to hour, to
protest, though wrapped in her mother's shawl, that she was cold,
and to enquire why they did not go to bed. Drunken men snored
and sprawled near at hand. Towards morning, a loafer, reeking of
alcohol, sat down beside her, and indulged in an incoherent
soliloquy, punctuated with oaths and obscenities. It was not
till far along towards daylight that she fell asleep.