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FC: Giles Corey

1: The Crucible Whitney Cooper

2: Descriptive: Vividly describes a person, place, or thing in a way that allows the reader to visualize the noun that is being described.

3: Upon the back wall, two lofty windows allow sunlight to pass through. There is a dark solemnity about the room that can be detected from a distance. Weighty beams jut out from the wooden boards that make up this meeting room wall. Each board consists of a different width, making the room seemingly uneven. Two unadorned benches sit opposite each other in the room, each one empty. An elongated table is stretched out in the center of the room, surrounded by stools made of timber. A door on one side of the room leads to the shining outdoors of Salem. Opposite the door that leads to the freedom that lies in the outdoors is the double doors that lead to the dreary court room. In the next room over, court is taking place. I can hear an accusatory voice flowing out of the persecutor's mouth. It's like the harsh wind during winter that hits in such a critical way. I began to roar my voice back at him in the same way. A throng of Puritans surrounded, each of their voices growing louder with excitement as if they were witnessing a bloody bar brawl. During all the commotion, a grave man enters through the double doors that I am unfamiliar with. A sheet of silence fell upon each individual seated in the courtroom. | March 1692

4: They took my wife! I couldn't believe it! She is currently sitting in jail, awaiting her death. The first person I ran to was Proctor. I met him in the doorway along with Hale, Francis, and Elizabeth. Francis’ wife had been taken as well; unfortunately, we were not allowed in to see our wives. There was nothing we or our wives could do to change this. I feel terrible for my Martha. I feel responsible for this; I was the one who spoke up about her strange books. "I never said my wife were a witch. I only said she were reading books!”(34) Why did they take my worries about the books in such a way? I never said she has touched the devil, I just wondered about her books. I was extremely curious since she hid them from me and would not answer my questions about the readings. Any man would be curious about that, would they not? I have now learned I must watch my words. I shall watch my words in the future as well. I have definitely learned that one statement that seems so small can turn into something even greater. I did this to my poor Martha! | March 1692

5: Reflective: Consideration of meaning and implications of an experience or action.

6: Persuasive: Intends to convince the reader of a certain belief or opinion.

7: Thomas Putnam is land hungry! He only reaches out for people's land and I have evidence! I cannot fathom why you court officials will not hear my evidence! Do not dare call me daft for my accusations because I speak the truth. I mean no disrespect, but I wish for you to listen to me. Just hear me out and you will believe that Putnam is only in it for the land as well as I do! Putnam will deny my truth, but you must not listen to him! My deposition is my proof for Putnam's immorality. However, I cannot release the name of my informant for I fear Putnam's wrath on this other man. I would land him in jail for revealing his identity to you! I stand mute(44). Putnam has convinced his daughter to accuse Jacobs so he can take his land as soon as he is hung! Putnam conned his own daughter into being part of his contrivance just so he can gain more land. He is a murderer! Putnam has even caused other problems with other individuals; Proctor and Putnam even argued over land. Putnam claims that a certain plot of land is his own while Proctor claims he bought it from Francis Nurse. He clearly is causing issues and is indubitably just out to gain more land for himself. I will cut his throat and kill him for what he has done! | March 1692

8: I was standing with Reverend Hale, Rebecca Nurse, Parris, Putnam and his wife, Proctor, and Abigail. We all met in Betty's room where the poor girl was sleeping. Proctor, Hale, and I were having a conversation on the witchcraft happening here in Salem. Proctor said, "I never spoke on witches one way or the other. Will you come, Giles?"(21) I answered, "No-no, John, I think not. I have some few queer questions of my own to ask this fellow."(21) I wanted to stay with Reverend Hale and the others as I had a few questions to ask this sophisticated Reverend who came from Beverly to address the issues in Salem. Conversations continued between Hale, Putnam, Mrs. Putnam, and Parris before I was able to inquire about my problem with my wife. I really wanted to ask Reverend Hale about books my wife has been reading and hiding from me. My prayer has been altered and I'm wondering why. When I was able to talk to Hale I asked, "Mr. Hale, I have always wanted to ask a learned man-what signifies the readin' of strange books?"(22) Reverend Hale asked me what books I am speaking of. I tell him that my wife hides the books I am asking about so I am unsure. I say to him, "I have waked at night many a time and found her in a corner, readin' of a book. Now what do you make of that?"(22) I then tell him how my prayer has been affected recently; when Martha closes her book and walks out of the house, I can pray. I cannot seem to say my prayers when she has the book open and is in the house. It is very unusual. I'm going to stop there because I'd hate to get my Martha in trouble... | March 1692

9: Narrative: A story or part of a story is told.

10: Persuasive: Intends to convince the reader of a certain belief or opinion.

11: I beg all of you court officials to let my Martha go free! I spoke of her strange books and now she is being held in a jail cell. It's just not fair to place her there when she has taken no part in witchcraft. All I said to Reverend Hale was that she had been reading weird books and hiding them from me. You court officials then came and took her away from me and her home to put her in jail until she could be tried in a courtroom. Since then, she has been taken into court. She knows nothing about witches and she even says so. Why won't you believe us? She has no knowledge of what a witch is and if she was one then she would know it. She does not hurt children; she scorns the hurting of children! Why do you blame her for crimes she has not committed? I blame Putnam for all this! As soon as his daughter accused the first person, everyone else began to follow in her footsteps and accuse other wives of witchcraft! All this witchcraft talk started with Putnam! Free my wife; she does not deserve to be in jail. Part of this is my fault; I never should have spoken of those books. She is not a witch; she says she is not so believe her! | March 1692

12: Many of us stood in Betty's room. Rebecca, Putnam, Mrs. Putnam, Proctor, Reverend Parris, and I were all present. We talked of children dying in the village and of Reverend Hale’s expected arrival. Parris started the conversation of timber and the money he makes. Parris said, “Where is my wood? My contract provides I be supplied with all my firewood. I am waiting since November for a stick, and even in November I had to show my frostbitten hands like some London beggar!”(17) I came back at him saying, “You are allowed six pound a year to buy your wood, Mr. Parris.”(17) Parris continues his argument that six pounds are provided by the community for him to buy his firewood. Mr. Parris then begins to tell me that he left a prosperous business in Barbados to come to Salem to serve the Lord. He states that he is now making less money than before and that he deserves the six pound a year for his timber. Parris had asked for the deed to his house; Proctor says to Parris, “Mr. Parris, you are the first minister ever did demand the deed to this house-.”(17) Parris comes back in him with the excuse that he must have a house to live in. Proctor says, “To live in, yes. But to ask ownership is like you shall own the meeting house itself; the last meeting I were at you spoke so long on deeds and mortgages I thought it were an auction.” I believe Proctor makes a very good point in accusing Parris of being materialistic. Parris states that he believes he is the Lord's man and must not be contradicted. Proctor tells Parris that he must quit speaking of hell so much. I can't say I blame Proctor. | March 1692

13: Narrative: A story or part of a story is told.

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