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What is the significance of the Geatish harbour guard having "watch[ed] the offing long and hard, on the lookout for" Beowulf and his men (1915-1916)?

A

He thought Beowulf would mess up abroad, so he was keeping watch for the resultant Danish enemies.

B

He thought Beowulf would die at Grendel's hands, so he was on the lookout for Beowulf's funeral ship (much like Shield's at the beginning of the poem).

C

Exiled from Hygelac's court, the man thought he'd regain favor by being the first to spot Beowulf along the horizon.

D

He knew Beowulf would bring treasures from Denmark and wanted to have his share before taxes.

E

He knew Beowulf would return soon, demonstrating his faith in the warrior.

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