Dombey and Son

What role does the image of the muffin play in the opening paragraph?

The image gives the impression that the family is about to have dinner.


The new baby is rather humorously compared to a muffin toasting by the fire.



The muffin becomes a symbol of the son as the potential bread-winner of the family.


The author uses the image to underscore the simple homelike atmosphere of the scene.

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B- The baby is bundled up in front of the fire like a muffin.

"Son lay tucked up warm in a little basket bedstead, carefully disposed on a low settee immediately in front of the fire and close to it, as if his constitution were analogous to that of a muffin, and it was essential to toast him brown while he was very new. "


Dombey and Son

You were eliminating B ? If so, I believe it would be the homelike atmosphere.