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In The Crucible, what does Mary Warren's deposition say? 

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Judge Danforth's speech regarding the contents of Mary Warren's deposition is prefaced with the comment "Sit you down, children." This signifies the judge's contempt for the suspected playacting that has plagued the trials, and his frustration with the ways that the girls are wasting the court's time for what may be very shallow and childish motivations (such as wanting attention, pity, or admiration).

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Your friend, Mary Warren, has given us a deposition. In which she swears that she never saw familiar spirits, apparitions, nor any manifest of the Devil. She claims as well that none of you have seen these things either. Now, children, this is a court of law. The law, based upon the Bible, and the Bible, writ by Almighty God, forbid the practice of witchcraft, and describe death as the penalty thereof. But likewise, children, the law and Bible damn all bearers of false witness. Now then. It does not escape me that this may be devised to blind us; it may well be that Mary...

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