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Excerpt from The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850

What is the primary function of paragraph 1?


To show who broke the laws and the need to be accepted.


To list various offenses that would bring the town together in front of the courthouse.


To contextualize the societal expectations of the people from the time period the novel was written in.


To demonstrate the level of connectedness that exists between law and religion.

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