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When Kabuo had finished telling his story on the witness stand, Alvin Hooks rose and stood before him insistently working on a hangnail. Studying his fingers as he delivered his words, he attended in particular to his cuticles (Guterson, ch. 28).

The author’s purpose in this passage is to


draw the reader’s attention to the rude behavior of the prosecutor, Alvin Hooks.


make the jurors think that Kabuo’s previous testimony is insignificant by having Hooks appear to feign disinterest.


characterize Hooks as a boorish man with poor hygiene.


create suspense by causing a delay before Hooks questions Kabuo.


draw a contrast between virile prosecutor Hooks and the feeble defense attorney Gudmundsson.

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