The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Whirligigs by O. Henry:|
that he had whereof to eat and a place to sleep -- but whiskey
they would not buy for him, and he must have whiskey.
His law business was extinct; no case had been intrusted
to him in two years. He had been a borrower and a
sponge, and it seemed that if he fell no lower it would be
from lack of opportunity. One more chance -- he was
saying to himself -- if he had one more stake at the game,
he thought he could win; but he had nothing left to sell,
and his credit was more than exhausted.
He could not help smiling, even in his misery, as he
thought of the man to whom, six months before, he had