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Read these lines from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Ulysses."

"It little profits that an idle king,/By this still hearth, among these barren crags,/Match'd with an aged wife, I mete and dole/Unequal laws unto a savage race,/That horde, and sleep, and feed, and know not me."

Which of the following is the speaker lamenting in the passage above?
a. the long-ago death of his wife
b. a lack of true fulfillment in his life (correct choice)
c. living in a constant state of danger
d. the degree of authority he is forced to wield (incorrect choice)

I chose answer D when taking the test, but the correct answer was B. I need to know why that is. Can someone please help?

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  1. These phrases tell you that B is correct:

    "It little profits that an idle king ...
    I mete and dole/Unequal laws ...
    and know not me."


    Are you clear on the meaning of these three parts of that excerpt?

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  2. It little profits ...
    he's not forced, just has no reward

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