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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.

A

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

B

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

C

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

D

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

E

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

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