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The Scarlet Letter

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Dimmesdale's Rationale

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Which of the following BEST summarizes Dimmesdale's rationale for allowing Hester to maintain custody of Pearl?

A

"No other mortal being can possess Pearl." (94)

B

"God gave her the child." (94)

C

Hester has pled so "earnestly, and with such bitterness of spirit, the right to keep her." (95)

D

Hester wishes to "make a mountebank of her child." (95)

E

"If she bring the child to heaven, the child will also bring its parent thither." (95)