The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart:|
But when with the first light he went outside, his horse, securely
hobbled, was grazing on the scant pasture not far away.
Before he cooked his breakfast he made a minute examination of the
ground beneath the East wall, but the earth was hard, and a broken
branch or two might have been caused by his horse. He had no skill
in woodcraft, and in the broad day his alarm seemed almost absurd.
Some free horse on the range had probably wandered into the vicinity
of the cabin, and had made off again on a trot. Nevertheless, he
made up his mind not to remain over another night, but to look about
after breakfast, and then to start down again.
He worked on his boots, dry and hard after yesterday's wetting,
The Breaking Point