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The Scarlet Letter

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Daniel Reference

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When asked the identity of the father of Hester Prynne's child, a townsman claims,

of a truth, friend, that matter remained a riddle: and the Daniel who shall expound it is yet a-wanting.

What does the townsman mean by this statement and what is its significance?

A

Daniel is a term for a kind of investigator.

B

It is a reference to the biblical Daniel who is also known for an adulterous affair.

C

Daniel is a general term of respect for a man in Puritan society.

D

Daniel is a term for an adulterous male.

E

It is a reference to the biblical Daniel who is remembered for his gift of prophesy.