The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Riverman by Stewart Edward White:|
The centre of the dam was occupied by Reed. The old man was still
in full regalia, his plug hat fuzzier than ever, and thrust even
farther back on his head, his coat-tails and loose trousers flapping
at his every movement as he paced back and forth with military
precision. Over his shoulder he carried a long percussion-lock
shotgun. Not thirty feet away, perched along the bank, for all the
world like a row of cormorants, sat the rivermen, watching him
solemnly and in silence.
"What's the matter?" inquired Orde, approaching.
The old man surveyed him with a snort of disgust.
"If the law of the land don't protect me, I'll protect myself, sir,"