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The Scarlet Letter

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Hester, Outcast

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If the townspeople have come to love Hester for her charitable works, why doesn't Hester fit into Puritan society?

A

The Puritans have forgiven, but not forgotten.

B

Because she lowers herself to help the poor and sick, she's outcasted herself, but in a different way than before.

C

To best help the outcasts, she must also be an outcast.

D

The Puritans' love is superficial; they're still not sure she won't sin again.

E

Hester clings to her past sin and prevents herself from fitting into society.