What did Mary Warren bring home to Goody Proctor in The Crucible ?

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In Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, Mary Warren brings her employer, Elizabeth Proctor, a gift in Act II: "Crossing to Elizabeth, taking a small rag doll from the pocket in her undershirt. I made a gift for you today, Good Proctor. I had to sit long hours in a chair, and passed the time with sewing." This doll, which Elizabeth refers to as a "poppet", has significant implications later in the play.

Later in this same act, Ezekiel Cheever comes to the Proctor home to arrest Elizabeth. He explains that earlier in the evening, Abigail Williams, the main accuser in the witchcraft trials, "sat to dinner in Reverend Parris' house tonight, and without word nor warnin', she falls to the floor. [...The Reverend] goes to save her, and stuck two inches in the flesh of her belly her draw a needle out." The doll that Mary has given to Elizabeth also has a needle in its stomach, which serves as proof for the Puritan court that Elizabeth is a witch using the doll to torment Abigail. 

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