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And the books they stood on the shelf by the bed, leaning together with always two or three laid flat on top because he had not bothered to put them back properly. They were dog-eared and scratched. There was the bright, shining one about Topsy and Mopsy that he never read because it was about two girls; there was the one about the magician which you read with a kind of tied-down terror, skipping page twenty-seven with the awful picture of the spider; there was a book about people who had dug things up, Egyptian things; there was The Boy's Book of Trains, The Boy's Book of Ships. Vividly they came before him; he could have reached up and touched them, could feel the weight and slow slide with which The Mammoth Book for Boys would come out and slither down. . . .

Which of the following most accurately describes the tone and purpose of the passage above?


Nostalgic: the quotation serves to show readers the comfortable, familiar life Ralph had before the island - one he longs to return to.


Contemplative: the passage elucidates Ralph's thought process as he searches to figure out what made his old life so good - and how he might make his current one better.


Fanciful: in the scene above, Ralph is desparately trying to imagine a brighter, happier world - one with books instead of a beast.


Sardonic: the quote shows the contrast between Ralph's past and present, and the bitterness that he feels as a result of his loss.


Optimistic: the quotation revolves around all of the comforts Ralph had during the best moments of his life, and suggests that he believes more such moments lie ahead.

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