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"...mean and sneaking lives many of you live"

WALDEN-VFVFLY

" It is very evident what mean and sneaking lives many of you live, for my sight has been whetted by experience; always on the limits, trying to get into business and trying to get out of debt, a very ancient slough, called by the Latin's, æs alienum, another's brass, for some of their coins were made of brass; still living, and dying, and buried by this other's brass; always promising to pay, promising to pay, to-morrow, and dying to-day, insolvent; seeking to curry favor, to get custom, by how many modes, only not state-prison offences; lying, flattering, voting, contracting yourselves into a nutshell of civility or dilating into an atmosphere of thin and vaporous generosity, that you may persuade your neighbor to let you make his shoes, or his hat, or his coat, or his carriage, or import his groceries for him; making yourselves sick, that you may lay up something against a sick day, something to be tucked away in an old chest, or in a stocking behind the plastering, or, more safely, in the brick bank; no matter where, no matter how much or how little.

What is the purpose of the syntax in this sentence?

A

The long, complex sentence reflects in its form how complicated our lives can become where money is involved.

B

The formal diction and elaborate sentence structures indicates the author's expertise in reference to economy.

C

The parallel structure and balanced sentence combinations reveal the author’s intention to represent the views of society for this time period.

D

The vivid imagery allows the reader to connect to the complexities of the working class and poor.

E

The scholarly tone reveals the author’s authority to speak on economic issues of the time period and connect them to the present.