The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:|
It would not be true to say I had a shock, but an irresistible
doubt of his bodily existence flitted through my mind.
Can it be, I asked myself, that he is not visible to other eyes
than mine? It was like being haunted. Motionless, with a
grave face, he raised his hands slightly at me in a gesture
which meant clearly, "Heavens! what a narrow escape!"
Narrow indeed. I think I had come creeping quietly as near
insanity as any man who has not actually gone over the border.
That gesture restrained me, so to speak.
The mate with the terrific whiskers was now putting the ship
on the other tack. In the moment of profound silence
The Secret Sharer