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Use of a Rhetorical Question in "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.

Austin’s use of a rhetorical question in lines 62-64 (“and yet – and…writing of desertness?”) serves to

A

summarize the author's main concern about the environment.

B

affirm the similarity between expectations and reality.

C

emphasize the importance of questioning one's beliefs.

D

detail the disappointment that the author feels.

E

inquire whether or not beliefs are transformable.