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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

A

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

B

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

C

characterize Hooks as a boorish man with poor hygiene.

D

create suspense by causing a delay before Hooks questions Kabuo.

E

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

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