Text of an SAT question:
1) Shoppers in the United States beware—there's a new way to buy groceries, and it's coming to a store near you. (2) As recently as 1999, only 6% of U.S. supermarkets had self-checkout lines. (3) By 2003 the number had risen to 38%. (4) And half of those supermarkets in the survey without self-checkout said that they planned to add the service. (5) Hardware giant Home Depot was among the first major retailers to use these machines.
(6) I remember when I first took the self-checkout plunge. (7) It was a large chain supermarket near my office. (8) One day I noticed four large electronic units taking up prime space in a prominent corner of the store, beckoning shoppers with the promise of shorter lines. (9) I was attracted, not fearful. (10) It's so easy to let the cashier scan the groceries, check the coupons, take the money—was I up to the challenge of do-it-yourself? (11) I saw myself all elbows and thumbs, fumbling with my groceries and wallet as I battled the flashing computer screen. (12) Circumstances were driving me to face my fears. (13) When I at last approached the head of my line, the cashier announced it was time for her break.
In context, which of the following is the best phrase to insert at the beginning of sentence 12?
(A) But as it turned out,
(B) In addition,
(C) The result was that
(D) In most cases,
(E) I remembered that
I think the best answer is choice E. "I remembered that" would be a good phrase to insert at the beginning of sentence 12 as this is an event that he recalls. If A. is the correct answer, the narrator intends to say the contrary. But "face my fears" contradicts nothing, correct?
I was told that the correct answer is A. Why is A correct?