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Mistress Hibbins was an actual Boston resident who was tried and hanged for witchcraft in 1656. Historians indicate that it was her bold behavior that made people suspect her as a witch.

Of the following choices, which is the BEST reason for Hawthorne including this real woman in his novel?

A

To show what path Hester could have taken.

B

To create temptation for Hester and Dimmesdale

C

To add historical realism.

D

To represent the temptation all must face in life.

E

To illustrate the decadent nature of Hester's sin.

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