Which sentence in this excerpt from Nathaniel Hawthorne's Dr. Heidegger's Experiment most closely reflects the central theme of this passage?
His guests shivered again. A) A strange chillness, whether of the body or spirit they could not tell, was creeping gradually over them all. B) They gazed at one another, and fancied that each fleeting moment snatched away a charm, and left a deeping furrow where nine had been before.
Was it an illusion? Had the changes of a lifetime been crowed into so brief a space, and we're they now four aged people, sitting with their old friend, Dr. Heidegger?
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In truth they had. C) The water of youth possessed merely a virtue more transient than that of wine.
The delirium which it created had effervescent away. Yes! They were old again. With a shuddering impulse, that showered her a woman still, the widow clasped her skinny hands before her face, and wished the the coffin-lid were over it, since it could no longer be beautiful.
D) "Yes, friends, yes old again, " said Dr. Heidegger, "and lo! The water of youth is all lavished on the ground.
E) WELL, I bemoan it not; for if the fountain gushed at my very doorstep, I would stoop to bathe my lips in it; no, though it delirium were for years instead of moments. Such is the lesson ye have taught me"!
F) But the doctors four friends had taught no such lesson to themselves. They forthwith to make a pilgrimage to Florida, and quaff at morning, noon, and night, from the Fountain of Youth.