The Devil in Massachusetts: a modern inquiry into the Salem witch trials
This historical narrative of the Salem witch trials takes its dialogue from actual trial records but applies modern psychiatric knowledge to the witchcraft hysteria. Starkey's sense of drama also vividly recreates the atmosphere of pity and terror that fostered the evil and suffering of this human tragedy.
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The little girls were indeed already somewhat gravely ill. It wasn't a physical thing
. They had successfully passed through the illnesses of their babyhood, had
come through a recent smallpox epidemic unscathed. The freshness of their
complexions attested to their essential physical well-being. But spiritually it was
another story. Each in her different way was sickening from the inhuman strain of
coping with an adult world which had been arranged without understanding of
the needs ...
Under their care Betty reverted little by little to the drab life of an ordinary little girl.
It was duller that way, but it was safer. If Mrs. Parris's desire to protect her child
was understandable, there were others whose aloofness from the whole affair
could not always be so innocently accounted for. There were actually people who
seemed not to believe in witches ; or at least if they did not go to such atheistic
lengths, they scouted the possibility that any such chimeras were indigenous to
The girls had pointed out Procter as "a most dreadful wizard" ; he must be put
away with the rest. And so he was. Later in the day six warlocks were ridden
away to Boston to await trial in prison there : Sarah Cloyce and her sister
Rebecca; the Procters, man and wife; Martha Cory and puzzled little Dorcas
Good. Their estate, however, was not so miserable as that of the three who had
gone before them. They were good friends and good neighbors, and with the
exception of the little girl ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LilyRoseShadowlyn - LibraryThing
A new and refreshing look into the Salem Witch trials. Starkey creates a whirlpool that quickly sucks the reader into the hysteria and fear of the New World at a time when witchcraft was a legitimate ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryCin - LibraryThing
3.25 stars This book was originally published in 1949, and looks at the trials of the Salem witches in 1692. The book was pretty good. Unfortunately, it just didn't make me want to pick up the book ... Read full review
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