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In real life, Nathaniel Hawthorne worked in the Salem Custom House for a few years.

Why does Hawthorne have the narrator tell the reader he found the story of Hester Prynne in a storage room of this old government building?

A

To protect himself from public outcry.

B

To make the story of Hester sound more realistic.

C

To make his time spent in a bureaucratic job seem worthwhile.

D

To increase tourism to Salem.

E

To separate his public self from his literary self.

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