"As seriously as she is about the bullfight, she does not allow respect to ____ her sense of whimsy when painting it.

A. inspire B. provoke C. suppress D. attack E. satisfy"

The answer is C. But how will respect suppress the sense of whimsy? I just don’t get it.
That's how I understand it too.
Shouldn't it be, 'As serious as she is...'?

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As I understand it, the painter thinks bullfight is a serious thing and she respects it, however, she doesn't let this respect hinder or restrain her imagination (maybe she paints such scenes in an unrealistic/funny/weird manner).
 pieanne's reply was promoted to an answer.
Oh yeah, thank you. It dawned on me.
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Whoa! You got pretty sharp eyes, Davkett. Emotion: smile And yes, I think so.