This question presents a sentence, part of which or all of which is underlined. Beneath the sentence, you will find five ways of phrasing the underlined part. The first of these repeats the original; the other four are different. If you think the original is best, choose the first answer; otherwise, choose one of the others.
Hawthorne’s complex treatment of his main characters in The Scarlet Letter seems to indicate that he viewed that the sins of deception and vengeance rooted in hatred were greater sins than the sin of infidelity, despite the social views of both the novel’s setting and Hawthorne’s own times.