Why does Sarah Good lie about practicing witchcraft in The Crucible?
Readers learn that Sarah Good has confessed to practicing witchcraft and being in league with the Devil when Mary Warren returns home from the courts on the first day of the trials, and she is questioned by her employers, John and Elizabeth Proctor, about the proceedings. Mary says that she did not intend to accuse Sarah Good because
she sleep[s] in ditches, and [is] so very old and poor. But then -- she sit there, denying and denying, and I feel a misty coldness climbin' up my back, and the skin on my skull begin to creep, and I feel a clamp around my neck and I cannot breathe air; and then -- entranced -- I hear a voice, a screamin' voice, and it...
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