Interview with Elizabeth Proctor

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Salem News got up close and personal with the recently accused Elizabeth Proctor. Faced with witchcraft, hanging like a noose around her neck, and the attempted murder of Abigail Williams, here's what she has to say.   Goody Proctor, how do you feel about being accused of witchcraft and attempted murder?   I am innocent. I was wrongly accused.   Do you own any poppets?   "I have kept no poppets, not since I were a girl"(61)   But one was found in your house?   That wasn't mine, it was Mary's.   You've been accused of witchcraft, some say wrongly, what are your views on this matter?   I do not believe in witches. I am sure of my innocence."I can not think the devil may own a women's soul, when she keeps an upright way as I have. I am a good women, I know it; and if you believe I may do only good work in the world, and yet be secretly bound to Satan, then I must tell you, I do not believe it."(58)   So then you think the accusations are false?   I do not think so, I know so.   Goody Proctor, do you realise that by denying it, you will hang?   Why should I confess to what I have not done? God and I know I'm innocent, and for me that is enough.   Surely God can't work in a devil infested town, such as Salem?   He can, and He is. I will not be swayed. "I am a covented Christian woman"(56)
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