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


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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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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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