Mr. and Mrs. Putnam, especially, feel that there is at least one witch in the village, and that she is responsible for the deaths of their seven children. In fact, Mrs. Putnam sent her daughter Ruth to Reverend Parris's slave, Tituba, to see if Tituba could conjure their spirits and learn who might be to blame for the deaths. Mrs. Putnam asks Rebecca,
You think it God's work you should never lose a child, nor grandchild either, and I bury all but one? There are wheels within wheels in this village, and fires within fires!
Mrs. Putnam insists that the Devil is loose in Salem, and that his witches have actively conspired with him against her family. How else could seven of her eight babies die? she thinks. When Betty cannot stand to hear the people singing the psalm, Mr. Putnam says, "That is a notorious sign of witchcraft afoot, Goody Nurse, a prodigious sign!" Further, the Reverend Parris says, "A wide opinion's running in the parish that the Devil may be among us." In other words,...
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