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Interpretation of Line 11 in "Kitchenette Building"

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"Kitchenette Building" by Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)

Brooks, Gwendolyn. "Kitchenette Building." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, n.d. Web. 16 June 2016.

Why do the speakers wonder “not well” and “not for a minute”?

A

The dream is not strong enough to hold their attention very well or for very long.

B

Their commitment and sense of responsibility keep them focused solely on their jobs.

C

They have not been raised with the capacity for active imagination.

D

Their hopes are restricted by the effort required for the mundane and the practical.

E

The dream is clearly incapable of penetrating their horrid surroundings.