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Bret Harte

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References to Duchess

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When Simson and Piney first encounter the group of outcasts, and they discuss sleeping arrangements, Simson says that "Piney can stay with Mrs. Oakhurst," indicating Duchess. As they settle into the campsite, Piney tells Duchess, "I reckon now you're used to finer things at Poker Flat."

What effect do these statements have on the story?

Select ALL that apply.

A

They provide insight into Duchess' character.

B

They emphasize the inexperience and innocence of Simson and Piney.

C

They provide humor to relieve the tension of an increasingly desperate situation.

D

They serve to soften the feelings of the Duchess and Shipton towards the innocent youth.

E

They cause Oakhurst to realize the true desperation of their situation.