Can you analyze and comment this little piece of text extracted from “New English Canaan” by Thomas Morton?Can you analyze and comment this little piece of text extracted from “New English...

Can you analyze and comment this little piece of text extracted from “New English Canaan” by Thomas Morton?

Can you analyze and comment this little piece of text extracted from “New English Canaan” by Thomas Morton?


“Mine host demanded of the conspirators who it was that was author of that information that seemed to be their ground for what they now intended.”

It belongs to The Third Book. The Incident at Merry Mount. Chapter XIV. Of the Revels of New Canaan.

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Given that I have answered your other two questions, I am going to infer that this quote is relevant to the ongoing conflict between the Separatists and the author's host and the way that they are trying to use religion as a weapon with which to gain the territory that belongs to the author's host for their own selfish motives.

The quote you have indicated therefore seems to be related to the charges that, the author tells us elsewhere, are brought against the host based on his religious piety. Having attacked him for his Anglicanism, the host now strikes back against the Separatists and the way that the claims that they are obviously bringing against him are without basis or truth. Clearly the host sees through the plan of the Separatists and is fighting back, standing up for his own integrity.

This quote therefore gives further evidence of the conflict that characterised so many new groups of individuals that set out for the "untouched" promised land of America, hoping to establish a utopia there.

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