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Upham's two-volume study of , Salem Witchcraft. She had, in fact, a familial interest in the Salem accounts since her earliest American ancestor, Bray Wilkins, was instrumental in having his grandson hanged as a witch Mary Wilkins Freeman She must have read with layered fascination, consequently, Upham's explanation of the origins and events of The similarities to the New England of Freeman's day must have seemed striking and oddly personal, particularly his assessment of how the Puritans. giles corey yeoman a play by mary e wilkins harper brothers publishers hardcover

The Puritan society, in scourging itself for its failures, had weakened itself so badly through those scourgings that minor disruptions had come to seem catastrophic. Unlike the rest of the country, however, New England at the end of the nineteenth century had shown little ability to recover from this malaise. In an article for The Atlantic Monthly, Rollin Lynde Hartt wrote with rancor, horror, and indignation of a Vermont hill town that he depicted as crumbling under the weight of endemic defeat. It could not, he wrote, "maintain itself in opposition to relentless forces of social reconstruction; and consequently, those who hold all neighborly, ancestral, homely things most dear must witness not merely the aesthetic, but also the industrial, moral and social decadence of the beloved Sweet Auburn" As Freeman spun out Giles Corey, therefore, she was in part dramatizing an earlier model for the regional dynamic of her own time.

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Read preview. The similarities to the New England of Freeman's day must have seemed striking and oddly personal, particularly his assessment of how the Puritans had been agitated by great revolutions. They were surrounded by alarming indications of change, and their ears were constantly assailed by rumors of war.

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Their minds were startled and confounded by the prevalence of prophecies and forebodings of dark and dismal events. At this most unfortunate moment, and, as it were, to crown the whole and fill up their measure of affliction and terror it was their universal and sovereign belief, that the Evil One himself was, in a special manner, let loose, and permitted to descend upon them with unexampled fury.