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Based on the character development of Piney, Duchess, and Mother Shipton, what can the reader infer about the cultural perspective on women on the American frontier during Harte's era?

A

There was no gender bias; everyone was treated equally.

B

Women required the assistance of men in order to survive.

C

Due to the lack of jobs, only women of loose morals could find employment.

D

Women were expected to marry and raise children.

E

Women allowed men to make all the important decisions.

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