May 23, 2007

Mary Warren

Strange to see an old interest cited somewhere else--this description of Mary Warren, who had the distinction of being both accuser and accused during the course of the Salem Witch Trials.


I sort of like the Crucible, although I think Miller overreaches a bit. As I noted in the comment to that old post, there really were people who practiced witchcraft in Salem, using spells and charms and divination techniques that they believed were effective for harming their neighbors or warding off harm from them. A more interesting play might have conceded this, and shown that not only were the communist witch hunts of the 1950s an overreaction, but they were targeting pathetic people in the grip of an ugly superstition.

Chadwick Hanson wrote the seminal book on the real witch trials; sadly, it appears to be unavailable.

In any case, to nb, break a leg.

Posted by Ideofact at May 23, 2007 11:50 PM