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Bret Harte

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Effect of Hymn

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Read the following excerpt.

"I’m proud to live in the service of the Lord
And I’m bound to die in His army."
The pines rocked, the storm eddied and whirled above the miserable group, and the flames of their altar leaped heavenward, as if in token of the vow.

The purpose of including this passage was MOST LIKELY

A

to demonstrate that the goodness of innocents outweighed the evil of the outcasts.

B

to foreshadow a likely conclusion to the story.

C

to underscore the importance of religion to the group.

D

to build suspense.

E

to hyperbolically describe the desperation of their situation.