The Puritans felt that the forest primeval, or
...the virgin forest was the Devil's last preserve, his home base and the citadel of his final stand...to the best of their knowledge the American forest was the last place on earth that was not paying homage to God. (Act I)
The edge of the forest is close to the Puritan settlement, and it is mysterious to the residents of Salem. Dark and threatening, the forest holds the wild and sometimes very savage Indians who maraud the settlements from time to time.
The forest is a place of mystery that lends itself to superstition and fear. Since the Puritans perceive the forest as the place of the Devil, when pretty Abigail informs her uncle, the...
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