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Ralph peered at the child in the twilight.

'Now tell us. What's your name?'

'Percival Wemys Madison. The Vicarage, Harcourt St. Anthony, Hants, telephone, telephone, tele'

As if this information was rooted far down in the springs of sorrow, the littlun wept. His face puckered, the tears leapt from his eyes, his mouth opened till they could see a square black hole. At first he was a silent effigy of sorrow; but then the lamentation rose out of him, loud and sustained as the conch.

Which of the following answer choices offers the most complete and accurate explanation of the meaning of the passage below?


Ralph directs his question to Percival after the sun has started to set, and he soon finds that this littlun is too terrified by the approaching darkness to offer any sort of explanation of the beast or his fear of it.


Percival's emotional response to Ralph's simple question shows us the deep-seated longing this littlun feels for home. His sudden crying fit, which immediately follows his recitation of his address, indicates just how badly he misses his old life and how much he longs to return to it.


Ralph's request triggers an automatic response from Percival, one which was drilled into him by his parents; it's significant that he is unable to finish rattling off his information as this shows how distant he has become from society.


A & B


B & C

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