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What might be considered as the irony in Hester's letter being,

a sermon against sin?

A

The letter does not appear to incite reflection in people as a sermon is designed to do.

B

Since it was such a small punishment, the letter will likely cause people to sin more.

C

Hester will likely continue to sin regardless of the punishment.

D

Most of the townspeople do not understand the punishment.

E

People will likely forget the meaning of the letter in time.

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