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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?

A

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

B

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

C

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

D

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

E

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

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