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What does Mrs. Putnam mean when she says, "There are wheels within wheels... and fires...

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jade1 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 11, 2007 at 11:57 PM via web

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What does Mrs. Putnam mean when she says, "There are wheels within wheels... and fires within fires?"

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leeloohb | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 18, 2007 at 3:27 AM (Answer #1)

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The quote is an example of irony because Mrs. Putnam is one of the people keeping the trials alive by making accusations for her own selfish reasons. The accusations being made are all for selfish reasons, none are genuine.

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shauger | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 4, 2007 at 10:13 PM (Answer #2)

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She means that things are not the way they seem from the outside. Inside there are other things going on as well that are driving the trial. I also wonder if it isn't a Biblical reference to Ezekiel who has a vision that included wheels within wheels.

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