The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson:|
like a man at a cliff's edge. Every second is a cliff, if you
think upon it - a cliff a mile high - high enough, if we fall, to
dash us out of every feature of humanity. Hence it is best to talk
pleasantly. Let us talk of each other: why should we wear this
mask? Let us be confidential. Who knows, we might become
'I have just one word to say to you,' said the dealer. 'Either
make your purchase, or walk out of my shop!'
'True true,' said Markheim. 'Enough, fooling. To business. Show
me something else.'
The dealer stooped once more, this time to replace the glass upon