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.