What is learned of the action leading up to this part of the play through Mary Warren?

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In Act II of The Crucible after Mary Warren, the Proctor's housekeeper, returns from the Salem trials at which she is an official, she relates much of what has transpired.

  • thirty-nine women have been arrested
  • the Deputy Governor has ordered that Goody Osburn hang because she confessed to making a compact with Lucifer
  • Goody, Mary declares, nearly choked "us all to death."
  • Mary says that Goody had tried to kill her many times, although "I never knew it before" she heard a screaming voice that reveals these things to her. Mary says that with a cup of cider and begging bread, Goody cursed her.
  • Mary tells the Proctors that the judges will not hang the witches if they confess.
  • Goody Good, who is sixty-five, is supposedly pregnant. Supposedly Dr. Griggs examined her.
  • Mary tells John Proctor, "You must see it, sir, it's God's work we do."
  • She declares that she saved Elizabeth at the hearings, attesting that she had seen no sign that Elizabeth had ever used her spirit to harm anyone.
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