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The Land of Little Rain, Mary Austin, 1903

Austin, Mary. The Land of Little Rain. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Hardcourt, 1903. The Project Gutenberg, 6 July 2008. Web. 4 May 2016.

Austin’s use of a rhetorical question in lines 62-64 (“and yet – and…writing of desertness?”) serves to


summarize the author's main concern about the environment.


affirm the similarity between expectations and reality.


emphasize the importance of questioning one's beliefs.


detail the disappointment that the author feels.


inquire whether or not beliefs are transformable.

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