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Based upon evidence provided in chapter 2, what possible reason might there be for Hester Prynne to have avoided the harsher Puritan punishments such as execution or banishment?

A

Hester was the daughter of a high official in the town.

B

Hester has received favoritism from one of the church officials.

C

Hester had a child and therefore received mercy.

D

Hester is a sainted church official.

E

Hester has many friends in town who vouched for her.

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