In addition to sickness, what condition leads the mob to attack Hannah's house in Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

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In Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond, aside from suffering an outbreak of sickness, the Wethersfield mob was incited to attack Hannah's house because the Connecticut colony had just suffered strenuous political loss . Needing someone to blame for their losses, the townspeople targeted Hannah and...

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In Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond, aside from suffering an outbreak of sickness, the Wethersfield mob was incited to attack Hannah's house because the Connecticut colony had just suffered strenuous political loss. Needing someone to blame for their losses, the townspeople targeted Hannah and accused her of witchcraft.

In Chapter 17, the outbreak of sickness begins to occur, with Judith being one of the first to be affected. Two days after Judith was stricken with illness, "sixteen children and young people were stricken with the mysterious fever" in Wethersfield, and known remedies were not helping. Kit and Mercy were also affected by the ailment, but Kit healed quickly; Mercy was hit the hardest and nearly died. It is in this chapter that the hysterical mob goes to Matthew's house to place blame on Hannah, accusing her of putting a "curse on our children" and announcing that they would run her out of the village.

Two chapters prior, King James II had sent Governor Androse to revoke Connecticut's charter, a charter granting Connecticut's colonists full religious and political freedom. As Matthew phrases the problem earlier, revocation of the charter would mean the loss of "every right and privilege [the colonists] have earned, the very ground [they] stand on and the laws [they] have made [themselves]" (Ch. 7). Though the charter was stolen from Governor Ambrose, the governor was still able to revoke the charter.

Hence, the people's hysteria is mostly due to the feeling that their liberty is at jeopardy, and they need something to do and someone to blame to put themselves back on what they think is the right track.

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