The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey:|
horses were urged, and, once in the trail, spurred and led into a
swift trot. One cowboy drove up four pack-horses, and these were
hurriedly loaded with the party's baggage. Castleton and his
companions mounted, and galloped off to catch the others in the
lead. This left Madeline behind with Stewart and Nels and Monty.
"They're goin' to switch off at the holler thet heads near the
trail a few miles down," Nels was saying, as he tightened his
saddle-girth. "Thet holler heads into a big canon. Once in
thet, it'll be every man fer hisself. I reckon there won't be
anythin' wuss than a rough ride."
Nels smiled reassuringly at Madeline, but he did not speak to
The Light of Western Stars