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Nicholas Rotondo Rhetoric and Style q. 1-7 The purpose of the excerpt from George Eliot's novel was to sarcastically introduce the argument to the readers and to also show that she, "a woman of extraordinary talent," can "[appreciate] the special tragedy that biological labeling impose[s] upon members of disadvantaged groups.” Gould then refers to Eliot because he uses her idea to center his article giving the fact that she wrote Middlemarch before "Broca measured the cranial capacities". By using Eliot's quotes, he gives the readers a women's point of view and that they too can be just as "extraordinary" as Eliot. In stating “I have the greatest respect for Broca’s meticulous procedure. His numbers are sound,” Gould is saying that even though the numbers were good and accurate, "numbers by themselves specify nothing." Since Broca didn't consider factors of individuals, like race, gender, or height, his numbers are basically meaningless. Gould's praise of Broca strengthens his argument because

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