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Excerpt from The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850

According to the passage, what do the five townswomen believe they could accomplish that the magistrates cannot?

A

Determine a more fitting punishment to the crime.

B

They could be more unbiased than a man would be.

C

Deal with crimes much more efficiently.

D

Ensure that punishments are not so harsh on women.

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