Was at the trough before me."These lines from "Snakes" suggests that the
The lines from the poem "Snakes" suggest that the snake got there first and that in the interest of justice, the persona should wait.
In the poem, the persona is walking to get water from a trough with a pitcher. When he arrives at the trough, he sees a snake already there, drinking from the water. The persona realizes that he must wait for the snake to finish before he can get water for himself.
The lines "I came down the step with my pitcher/And must wait, must stand and wait, for there he/Was at the trough before me" convey a sense of patience and respect for the snake's presence. The persona recognizes that the snake was there first and that it is only fair to wait for it to finish drinking before taking his turn.
Therefore, the correct answer is C, the snake got there first, and in the interest of justice, the poet should wait.