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A hideous screech and noise poured from the open windows of the meetinghouse Inside the young accusers who said they had been bewitched by their neighbors twisted their bodies and cried in pain Frail and weak Rebecca Nurse the most unlikely to be in league with the devil stood to be questioned From the moment on that cold January day when the specter of a coffin appeared during a childish game Salem Village convulsed with fear finger pointing and suspicion and the normal hierarchy of Puritan life was turned upside down In an age when children were seen and not heard the afflicted girls behaved outrageously by getting into holes and creeping under chairs and stools their bodies contorted into odd postures and antic gestures Seventeen-year-old Mary Wolcott in the presence of a visiting minister ran into the room crying Whish Whish Whish and pulled burning logs from the great fireplace tossing them about the room During an anti-witch sermon Abigail Williams taunted the minister and shouted Now stand up and name your text In reply to the ministers answer Abigail mocked It is a long one As the trials began Sarah Good Tituba and Sarah Osborne the first to be accused of witchcraft continued to languish in jail Each day a new batch of accused joined them The accusations spiraled out of control and upward including merchants such as the wealthy Philip English Goodwife Proctor the wife of John Proctor a successful farmer entrepreneur and tavern keeper Martha Cory the wife of a prosperous farmer and landowner George Burroughs a former Salem Village pastor who had not stepped foot inside the village for nine years and the wife of Massachusetts governor William Phips Even 4-year-old Dorcas Good soon found herself in chains Terror must have filled the air in Salem Village as neighbors glanced at each other and wondered who would be next or waited for that fateful knock at their
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