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How is pathos created for Goody Putnam?

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Considerable pathos is generated by the knowledge that Mrs. Putnam has lost all her children in their infancy. Even though infant morality was depressingly common in those days, it still seems shocking that Ann should lose seven of her children this way. More to the point, it's incredibly shocking to her: so much so that she starts wondering whether there are malevolent forces at work responsible for all this tragedy . Deranged by grief...

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