THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.” – Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 23, 1776 In this section of The Crisis, Paine is suggesting that A) the war will soon be over. B) Americans are too weak to fight. C) times are tough, but victory is possible. D) the British are too powerful to conquer.