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The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas
The following passage is excerpted from a novel published in 1844. Edmond Dantes, who has been falsely accused and imprisoned, meets with the inspector-general of prisons in the following scene.

Dumas, Alexandre. The Count of Monte Cristo. New York: A.L. Burt, n.d. HathiTrust Digital Library. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.

What is the purpose of lines 17-18 ("Let us…dungeons")?


To reinforce the fact that the nothing ever changes as a result of the inspector-general's visits to the prison.


To highlight the sympathetic actions of the inspector-general.


To characterize the inspector-general as a man who is uncomfortable in his occupation.


To create a depressing mood by emphasizing setting details.

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