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What does Danforth think Mary Warren's appearance in the court might be?This is in Act 3

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rocksbaseball45 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 3, 2007 at 4:25 AM via web

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What does Danforth think Mary Warren's appearance in the court might be?

This is in Act 3

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted September 3, 2007 at 5:02 AM (Answer #1)

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If I understand you correctly, you want to know what purpose you think Mary Warren could serve.  If this is the case, Danforth smells a rat, and he knows that Mary is probably the weakest of the girls.  He hopes that she will serve up a confession, but unfortunately, Danforth is not terribly strong.  His understanding of the situation is purely legal; he does not have a clue about the underlying mob-like psychology that has swept through the ranks of the girls and through the town.  He confronts truth and lies but doesn't have the will or the brainpower to make a distinction between either one.  His solution is to simply give up. 

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