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Which sentence from George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" is the best example of Orwell's intentional use of irony?

A. "I had almost made up my mind that the whole story was a pack of lies, when he heard yells a little distance away."
B. "If he charged, I could shoot; if he took no notice of me, it would be safe to leave him until mahout came back."
C. "They had not shown much interest in the elephant when he was merely ravaging their homes, but it was different not that he was going to be shot."
D. "Early one morning the sub-inspector at a police station the other end of town rang me up on the phone and said that an elephant was ravaging the bazaar."

Writeacher I feel like it is C or D - but it does not seem to be clear cut like usual...can you help me decide - please

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    The wise Writeacher seems to have stepped away. Don't you think D is a straightforward statement of fact, not irony? I think C is the correct answer.

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    I do agree with you Reed and I appreciate you answering my question with your explanation. Thanks

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    I agree with C. One of the clues you can use indicating irony is the conjunction "but"!! It doesn't always indicate irony; however, it's often there.

    D is simply stating a fact.

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    ok thank you Writeacher

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    You're welcome!

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