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In Act 1, what does Goody Putnam mean when she asks Parris "How high did she fly?" when...

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In Act 1, what does Goody Putnam mean when she asks Parris "How high did she fly?" when discussing Betty?

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 10, 2011 at 11:23 AM (Answer #1)

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In The Crucible, the people of Salem hold tight to their beliefs about what does and dos not constitute witchcraft.  In Act I, the reader sees first hand that these claims do not have to be immersed in support or facts, but just in accusation.  Thomas and Ann Putnam come to the Parris household to check on Reverend Parris' daughter, Betty.  Their daughter Ruth has also fallen ill and they want to see if Betty has the same symptoms.  Despite the reverend's protests, Ann Putnam reports that Betty has been spotted flying and wants to know how she flew.

 

Mr. Collins saw her goin' over Ingersoil's barn, and come down light as a bird, he says!

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