43. If the writer deleted the preceding sentence, the essay would primarily lose a:

  • A. bluntly critical comment that makes clear Anna’s frustration with trying to find a white fulgurite in the sand dunes of New Mexico.

  • B. mildly scolding response by Anna to the narrator’s impatience with the time and attention it might take for them to find a white fulgurite.

  • C. light moment in the form of a good-natured joke by Anna about how easy it could be to find a white fulgurite.

  • D. moment of excitement when Anna remembers that they could easily find a white fulgurite at the local gift shop