The Witchcraft of Salem Village (Landmark Books)
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Stories of magic, superstition, and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in the little town of Salem Village. But a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by the tales told by a woman named Tituba. When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as they accused townsperson after townsperson of being witches. Author Shirley Jackson examines in careful detail this horrifying true story of accusations, trials, and executions that shook a community to its foundations.
seen the black man from Boston and Tituba and Goode and Osburn. And almost all of the children now recalled that they had seen two mysterious witches wrapped in shawls whom they did not recognize. However, it was generally agreed that the black man from Boston was directing the others. Apparently no one at the time questioned how they all knew that the black man was from Boston, but they were all quite positive on this point. The fact that the black man came from Boston seemed to be positive
prison. By this time the judges may have begun to wonder at the determination of the afflicted girls against this particular family, and the violent personal hatred still shown by Ann Putnam senior. They questioned the afflicted closely about whether or not they might again be mistaken. The girls refused to change their minds, however, and Mary Easty joined her sisters in prison. The accusations began to aim higher and wander farther afield. Thomas Putnam, in association with several other
England) which praised earthly love or mocked at any sacred institution. Although many of the original settlers had been educated people, the education which the children received in Salem Village was not very thorough. It was believed that so long as the children were taught correct religious doctrine they would grow up to be good citizens. Their teaching, of course, was from the Bible, and the children were told over and over again that only the greatest piety would save them from eternal
forever. The old woman looked at them coldly and walked away, passersby turned their heads to look at something else, and the girls got up sheepishly and went on with their walk. Then, from Andover, came word that half a dozen actions for slander had been started against the accusers. The doctrine of “spectral evidence” became suddenly an extraordinarily unpopular one to hold. The special court was dissolved altogether and a new one established. This court, which met at Salem in January 1693,
to speak before she could make the word come out. “None,” she said finally. “Have you made no contracts with the devil?” The people in the meeting house shivered and moved closer together, thinking of how Goody Goode, right up there on the platform, might have seen and even talked with the devil himself. “No,” said Sarah Goode. But no one believed her. “Why do you hurt these children?” Judge Hathorne demanded sternly. “I do not hurt them,” said Sarah Goode with indignation. She was