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Walden

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"I joined one impatient companion…"

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I joined one impatient companion who had been fishing on the pond since morning, as silent and motionless as a duck or a floating leaf, and, after practicing various kinds of philosophy, had concluded commonly, that he belonged to the ancient sect of Coenobites.

What is the purpose of the rhetorical device used in the preceding passage?

A

The metonym emphasizes the peacefulness of fishing.

B

The simile compares the fishing to the peace of the lake, drawing a vivid image for the reader.

C

The personification gives a human quality to the lake and connects the fisherman to the water.

D

The alliteration keeps the reader focused on the event of fishing rather than the image of the lake.

E

The pun is Thoreau's way of being light hearted and humorous.