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At the beginning of chapter 17, what is the author’s purpose for interrupting the narrative with the daily activities of the islanders during the snowstorm?


The author is trying to slow down the progression of the plot.


The author is attempting to provide more information about the life of the islanders.


The author attempts to draw a parallel between the increasing intensity of the snowstorm and uncertainty of the outcome in the trial.


The author wants to reveal the progression of the snowfall and describe its impact on the inhabitants of the town.


The author wants to introduce new characters that will be crucial to the plot.

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