The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Octopus by Frank Norris:|
The landlady recollected the Hoovens perfectly.
"German woman, with a little girl-baby, and an older daughter,
sure. The older daughter was main pretty. Sure I remember them,
but they ain't here no more. They left a week ago. I had to ask
them for their room.
As it was, they owed a week's room-rent. Mister, I can't afford----"
"Well, do you know where they went? Did you hear what address
they had their trunk expressed to?"
"Ah, yes, their trunk," vociferated the woman, clapping her hands
to her hips, her face purpling. "Their trunk, ah, sure. I got
their trunk, and what are you going to do about it? I'm holding