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GRE - Text Completion - Text Completion

Ironically, the writer so wary of (i)__________ was (ii)__________ with ink and paper, his novel running to 2,500 shagreen-bound folio pages — a fortune in stationary at the time.

Ironically, the writer so wary of (i)__________ was (ii)__________ with ink and paper, his novel running to 2,500 shagreen-bound folio pages — a fortune in stationary at the time.

Blank (i)                  Blank (ii)
A. probity               D. acquisitive
B. extravagance    E. illiberal
C. disapprobation F. profligate 

 

Let's begin filling the second blank, the clue for which is '2500 shagreen-bound folio pages-a fortune in stationery'. This line indicates that the writer used a huge amount of ink and paper. Out of the answer choices, F, profligate, wasteful in the use of resources, fits in well to form a meaningful sentence. The first blank will have a word that suggests that the writer was wary of being wasteful but nonetheless he indulged in using too many resources. Answer choice B, extravagance, lack of restraint in using resources, matches the intended meaning. Probity (honesty and decency) and disapprobation (strong disapproval) do not fit in to form a meaningful sentence. 

b,f