The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from My Antonia by Willa Cather:|
He did not touch his tools at first, but figured for a long while on
a piece of paper, and measured the planks and made marks on them.
While he was thus engaged, he whistled softly to himself, or teasingly pulled
at his half-ear. Grandmother moved about quietly, so as not to disturb him.
At last he folded his ruler and turned a cheerful face to us.
`The hardest part of my job's done,' he announced.
`It's the head end of it that comes hard with me, especially when I'm
out of practice. The last time I made one of these, Mrs. Burden,'
he continued, as he sorted and tried his chisels, `was for a
fellow in the Black Tiger Mine, up above Silverton, Colorado.
The mouth of that mine goes right into the face of the cliff,