The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:|
the liquor in four gulps.
'Have another?' said Michael, with undisguised interest. 'I never
saw a man drink faster. It restores one's confidence in the human
But the waiter excused himself politely, and, assisted by some
one from without, began to bring in lunch.
Michael made an excellent meal, which he washed down with a
bottle of Heidsieck's dry monopole. As for the artist, he was far
too uneasy to eat, and his companion flatly refused to let him
share in the champagne unless he did.
'One of us must stay sober,' remarked the lawyer, 'and I won't