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When the stranger that enters the town discovers that the father of Hester's child has yet to be discovered, he exclaims the phrase,

he will be known, three times.

Which of the following BEST illustrates the possible reason for his excitement?


The stranger is a staunch Puritan who believes that there will be justice.


It is foreshadowing of the fact that the stranger will be a strong antagonist who will fight to ruin Hester and her lover.


The stranger has a some sort of vested interest and/or relationship with Hester and wished to exact vengeance.


The stranger is trying to hide the fact that he is the father by showing himself to be a man of faithful stature.


The stranger is an eccentric traveler who is trying to understand the Puritan character.

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