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…I know not the first letter of the alphabet, I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born. The intellect is a cleaver, it discerns and rifts its way in the secret of things. I do not wish to be any more busy with my hands than is necessary.

What is the purpose of the metaphor in the following passage? Choose ALL that apply.


Thoreau suggests that we are born with more intelligence than we have when we die.


Thoreau suggests that knowing the alphabet early is critical to our evolving intellect.


Thoreau suggests that as we age our experiences hinder our ability to discern truths


Thoreau suggests that we ignore the importance of life and focus on being busy with our hands.


Thoreau suggests that being busy with our hands is a good way to keep our minds occupied.

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