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What did Thomas Carlyle mean by “Close thy Byron; open thy Goethe” ?

A. Britain’s preeminence as a global power will depend on mastery of foreign languages.

B. Even a foreign author is better than a homegrown scoundrel.

C. Abandon the introspection of the Romantics and turn to the higher moral purpose found in Goethe.

D. In a carefully veiled critique of the monarchy, Byron and Goethe stand in symbolically for Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin respectively.

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