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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?


To show what path Hester could have taken.


To create temptation for Hester and Dimmesdale


To add historical realism.


To represent the temptation all must face in life.


To illustrate the decadent nature of Hester's sin.

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