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What does Elizabeth mean when she said she kept a cold house in The Crucible?

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rerebaby27 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 17, 2012 at 10:41 PM via web

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What does Elizabeth mean when she said she kept a cold house in The Crucible?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM (Answer #1)

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Elizabeth is telling John that she was never clear with her emotions with John. 


When Elizabeth talks to John, he is a condemned man.  He will be hanged if he does not confess to witchcraft.

 

John, I counted myself so plain, so poorly made, no honest love could come to me! Suspicion kissed you when I did; I never knew how I should say my love. It were a cold house I kept! (Act 4, scene 2)

Elizabeth blames herself for John’s predicament, to a certain extent.  She says, “You take my sins upon you, John” and tells him that she was suspicious of him.  In fact, he did cheat on her with Abigail.  Yet she never could have predicted the nightmare that would come into their lives when John was asked to confess of witchcraft and refused, to maintain the honor of his name.

She ends by telling him to follow his conscience, but she wants him to confess and save his life.  Despite what they have been through, she loves him.

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