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The captain's response in the lines below can BEST be interpreted as...

Duncan: Dismayed not this our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?

Captain: Yes, as sparrows, eagles, or the hare, the lion.


a straightforward confirmation that Macbeth and Banquo were taken aback by the reinforcements brought by the Norwegian king as sparrows and hares would be of eagles and lions.


a lighthearted response saying that Macbeth and Banquo were afraid, though they should have realized they had little cause to be just as the lion is of the hare or eagles of sparrows.


an unsure response, demonstrating the captain's inability to clearly recall the situation whether because of his wounds or because of his own fear.


a sarcastic remark, denigrating Macbeth and Banquo's fears as unreasonable.


an ironic statement saying that Macbeth and Banquo were as scared as eagles are of sparrows or a lion is of the hare.

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