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Which sentence in this excerpt from Herman Melville’s Bartleby the scrivener best exhibits the use of verbal irony


Make sure to include the answer choices and the text next time a. Before, I had never experienced aught but a not unpleasing sadness. b. Upon inspection, the drawer exhibited a great array of the shells of various sorts of nuts. Indeed, to this quick-witted youth, the whole noble science of the law was contained in a nutshell. c. So he sent him to my office, as student at law, errand boy, cleaner and sweeper, at the rate of one dollar a week. d. For the first time in my life a feeling of overpowering stinging melancholy seized me.


Verbal irony is using words to create a situation where you get a result that is opposite to one you expect. Unlike situational irony (i.e. a burning firetruck), this usually describes something "great array" compared to something that can be "contained in a nutshell." is verbally ironic

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