It has to be C in my opinion.There seems then to be no place where the cultures meet. I am not going to waste time saying that this is a pity. It is much worse than that. Soon I shall come to some practical consequences. But at the heart of thought and creation we are letting some of our best chances go by default. The clashing point of two subjects, two disciplines, two cultures -- of two galaxies, so far as that goes -- ought to produce creative chances. In the history of mental activity that has been where some of the breakthroughs came. The chances are there now. But they are there, as it were, in a vacuum, because those in the two cultures can't talk to each other. It is bizarre how very little of twentieth-century science has been assimilated into twentieth-century art. Now and then one used to find poets conscientiously using scientific expressions, and getting them wrong -- there was a time when 'refraction' kept cropping up in verse in a mystifying fashion, and when 'polarised light' was used as though writers were under the illusion that it was a specially admirable kind of light.
Of course, that isn't the way that science could be any good to art. It has got to be assimilated along with, and as part and parcel of, the whole of our mental experience, and used as naturally as the rest.
1. "It is much worse than that" can be paraphrased as
a. It is much worse than the meeting of two cultures.
b. It is much worse than a waste of time.
c. 'Pity' is totally inadequate to describe the gravity of the problem.
d. It is much worse than the lack of place for meeting of cultures.
As I have said before that the OAs of my reading exercises have ridiculously wrong answers, it's the same! I think 'C' is right, but OA was 'D'. What do you think of that?
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