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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?
Hester was the daughter of a high official in the town.
Hester has received favoritism from one of the church officials.
Hester had a child and therefore received mercy.
Hester is a sainted church official.
Hester has many friends in town who vouched for her.