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Identifying Purpose - Lines 9-12

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The Woman in White, Chapter II - Wilkie Collins

Collins, Wilkie. "Chapter 2." The Woman in White. United Kingdom: All the Year Round, 1859. N. pag. Online-literature.com. Web. 21 Mar. 2016.

The lines 9-12, "The evening, I remember, was still and cloudy; the London air was at its heaviest; the distant hum of the street-traffic was at its faintest; the small pulse of the life within me, and the great heart of the city around me, seemed to be sinking in unison, languidly and more languidly, with the sinking sun" serve to

A

establish the lighthearted mood of the speaker and use it to contrast with the somber evening.

B

contrast the speaker's depressed mood and the promising prospects of London.

C

describe the busy night life of London and connect it to the hectic life of the speaker

D

establish a connection between the speaker's depressed mood and the heaviness of the setting.