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Why has Mary Warren disobeyed her employers and gone to Salem? its in second act

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lonniecaress | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 12, 2007 at 4:54 PM via web

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Why has Mary Warren disobeyed her employers and gone to Salem?

its in second act

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 12, 2007 at 9:25 PM (Answer #1)

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Mary has been appointed to the council. She feels this makes her an important person now, no longer a simple servant.

She places her new found responsibility above any obligation she has to John, saying, "So I'll be gone every day for some time. I'm -- I'm an official of the court."

John, who loathes the court, does not take kindly to her announcement or defection. He comes after Mary with a whip. But she stands her ground. Miller writes that though "terrified," she stands "erect, striving for her authority."

Mary goes on to tell John that it was she who defends Elizabeth against the accusations of withcraft which have been leveled against her. Unmoved, John orders Mary to "go to bed." She replies, (with a stamp of her foot that undermines her supposed maturity), "I'll not be ordered to bed no more. I am eighteen, and a woman, however single!"

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abygirlb | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted April 7, 2009 at 5:02 AM (Answer #2)

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because she wanted to see the acused witches.

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