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I had some guests from those not reckoned commonly among the town’s poor, but who should be; who are among the world’s poor, at any rate; guest who appeal, not to your hospitality, but to your hospitalality; who earnestly wish to be helped, and preface their appeal with the information that they are resolved, for one thing, never to help themselves.

What words best describe the tone of this passage?


cynical, tired, agitated


lighthearted, rational, empathetic


irritated, sarcastic, disgusted


condescending, sharp, concerned


mocking, disappointed, melancholic

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