The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad:|
amiably that I had a very pretty little barque.
I returned this civil speech by saying readily:
"Not so pretty as the Hilda."
At once the corners of his clear-cut, sensitive mouth dropped
"Oh, dear! I can hardly bear to look at her now."
Did I know, he asked anxiously, that he had lost the figurehead of
his ship; a woman in a blue tunic edged with gold, the face perhaps
not so very, very pretty, but her bare white arms beautifully
shaped and extended as if she were swimming? Did I? Who would
have expected such a things . . . After twenty years too!
'Twixt Land & Sea