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Paradise Versus Elysium

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Speaking of St. John's relationship to Rosamond Oliver, Jane claims:

St. John, no doubt, would have given the world to follow, recall, retain her, when she thus left him; but he would not give one chance of heaven, nor relinquish, for the Elysium of her love, one hope of the true, eternal Paradise.

What is the primary function of the allusion to "Elysium," a pagan conception of the afterlife, and the "eternal Paradise," in this case the Christian conception of Heaven, in the same sentence?

A

To present the idea that the two choices would lead to similar outcomes.

B

To assert that Rosamond is a bad influence on St. John.

C

To mock St. John's feigned piety.

D

To reveal that even Jane is unsure of what St. John should do.

E

Because St. John does not believe pursuing Rosamond would be in God's will.