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Meaning of "Soothed"

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Mid-Term Break, by Seamus Heaney, 1966

"Mid-Term Break - Poetry Foundation." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation. Web. 19 May 2016.

In line 17, the word "soothed" MOST likely means

A

comforted.

B

glowed.

C

softened.

D

flickered.

E

blunted.