In the first three sentences of the passage (“He found …… Malétroits”), the details Denis observes upon entering the
Sire de Malétroit’s residence combine to create a sense of ..
A. Luxury appropriate to Malétroit’s privileged class
B. Barrenness to spotlight Malétroit himself
C. Darkness as a metaphor for Malétroit’s personality
D. Strangeness akin to Denis’ own discomfort
E. Poverty at odds with the family coat of arms
The answer is B : Barrenness to spotlight Malétroit himself