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Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell, 1938

Orwell, George. Homage to Catalonia. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1952. Print.

In the final line of the passage, the author indicates that the alcohol that was used to clean his wound felt like "a pleasant coolness."

The reader can infer that the alcohol did not sting because:


his body was still in shock and incapable of feeling any pain.


the alcohol that was used was the wrong treatment for his wound.


the author was trying to avoid appearing weak in front of the others.


he had already been treated with another painkiller.

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