Tough one, The choice is btwn A & E. but I would pick answer E. The reason is ,I think, that " her passionate interest" is doing the same exact thing(similar) as the "The aristocratic values" is doing, not as(meaning relatively similar, but not exactly)
Both describe actions that place her within the classical french tradition. Hence, I vote for A also.
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