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Excerpt from The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850

In line 56, the word "malefactress" most nearly means

A

a woman who goes against the law or commits sins/evils.

B

a woman who has been cast out of church for unknown sins.

C

an older woman who has a strong reputation in the community.

D

a goodwife of a Puritan church.

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