The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:|
one arm over his face, with the other clutched the girl to
his breast and staggered against the wall.
A dull and startling thud resounded through the room; their
eyes blinked against the coming horror; and still clinging
together like drowning people, they fell to the floor. Then
followed a prolonged and strident hissing as from the
indignant pit; an offensive stench seized them by the throat;
the room was filled with dense and choking fumes.
Presently these began a little to disperse: and when at
length they drew themselves, all limp and shaken, to a
sitting posture, the first object that greeted their vision