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In paragraph 17, the speaker offers as a "refinement" of his proposal each of the...

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luuuuuuu | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 17, 2013 at 5:04 AM via web

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In paragraph 17, the speaker offers as a "refinement" of his proposal each of the following EXCEPT

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A. The meat would be too tough to enjoy

B. There would result a loss of able-bodied workers

C. The cost of fattening teenagers would be prohibitive

D. The practice would bring charges of cruelty

E. There would result a loss of breeders

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM (Answer #1)

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There are, I'm afraid, two choices that are correct. Swift's objections to using teenagers for meat in this paragraph do not include either choice B or C. He does not say that the practice would result in a loss of able-bodied workers, indeed he says the opposite, pointing out that many teenagers were "ready to starve for want of work and service." But neither does he say that the cost of fattening teenagers would be prohibitive. Rather he says that fattening them would not make their flesh any less tender: "their flesh was generally tough and lean...and to fatten them would not answer the charge." As for the other choices, he makes it clear that the meat would be tough, that there would be a loss of "breeders" if young females were used as food, and that the practice might be "a little bordering on cruelty." So it is difficult to know which choice to make. Both B and C are correct.

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