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What effect does the author’s use of roundabout language achieve in the passage?

A It allows the author to speak about serious social issues without causing offense.

In addition to introducing characters, this passage establishes that 19th-century English marriage was often a financial system that disadvantaged women. If the author had stated this idea outright, she might have risked offending her audience. Therefore, she couched her opinions in more roundabout, circumlocutory lanquage.

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