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Purpose of Final Paragraph of "The Land of Little Rain"

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The Land of Little Rain, Mary Austin, 1903

Austin, Mary. The Land of Little Rain. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Hardcourt, 1903. Gutenberg.org. The Project Gutenberg, 6 July 2008. Web. 4 May 2016.

In the context of the whole passage, the last paragraph, lines 80-93 (“For all the…howls and howls”) serves to

A

establish the author as an expert in her field.

B

summarize the major characteristics of the desert and the animals that live within its borders.

C

discredit others' opinions about the function of the desert.

D

analyze why many fear the creatures of the barren landscape.

E

expand on the thesis that while the desert has much to give, it must also be respected.