The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from At the Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs:|
the poor thing gave no indication of realizing pain,
only the horror in her set eyes seemed intensified.
The next time they appeared the other arm was gone,
and then the breasts, and then a part of the face--it
was awful. The poor creatures on the islands awaiting
their fate tried to cover their eyes with their hands
to hide the fearful sight, but now I saw that they too
were under the hypnotic spell of the reptiles, so that
they could only crouch in terror with their eyes fixed
upon the terrible thing that was transpiring before them.
Finally the queen was under much longer than ever before,
At the Earth's Core