What does Mary Warran bring home to Elizabeth Proctor?

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In Act II of The Crucible, Marry Warren, who is the housekeeper for the Proctors, comes home from attending the trials as she is now an official of the courts in Salem. She hands Elizabeth a doll that she has made while sitting "long hours in a chair." Elizabeth thanks her, but is concerned that many women have been arrested: thirty-nine in all. Then, she sees Mary weeping and asks her what is wrong. "Goody Osborn--will hang!" Mary replies.

Mary also recounts how Sarah Good confessed to being a witch. Clearly, too, Mary's sense of her importance has increased, and she feels empowered now. In fact, she informs the Proctors that she will complete the housework in the morning because she is now tired. And, she informs Mr. Proctor that she will be busy now that she is an official. John Proctor picks up a whip with which to punish her, but Mary informs Proctor that she has "saved her life today" pointing to Mrs. Proctor. 

Further, she informs Elizabeth that she has been accused of being a witch, but Mary "saved her life" because she testified that she had seen no signs that Elizabeth has sent her spirits to hurt anyone. As a result, the charges were dismissed.

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