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The Crucible

The Crucible


by Arthur Miller

Mary Warren Timeline and Summary

  • Mary tells Abigail and Mercy that the whole village is talking about witchcraft, and she expresses her fear that they will be named as witches. She urges Abigail to tell the truth. She also reveals that she never danced or participated in the rituals—she only watched.
  • Proctor catches Mary at the Parris household and tells her to get home.
  • Mary comes home to the Proctor household after an entire day in the town. Proctor is angry with her, but she tells him she’s an important person now—she is part of the official court. He has to let her leave.
  • She gives Elizabeth a poppet—a small doll—that she spent the day sewing while they were in court. She explains that she saved Elizabeth’s life that day. When Elizabeth’s name was mentioned in court, she told the court that she had never seen any signs of witchcraft in the Proctor household.
  • When the constable, Cheever, asks Mary if the poppet is hers, she says indeed it is, and she made it and stuck the needle in it herself.
  • When Hale asks Mary if a spirit is conjuring her to say these things about the poppet, she says no. Abigail saw her making the doll and should remember it if asked.
  • A month later, Proctor brings Mary to the court to confess that she never saw spirits or witches or the Devil. She was pretending. However, when asked to pretend again, she can’t do it.
  • When Danforth brings the other girls out to ask them if they, too, have been pretending, the girls begin to act as if Mary is bewitching them. She tells them to stop it, and they mimic everything she says.
  • They pretend that she’s sent her spirit into a bird that nobody else can see, a bird that now wants to harm them.
  • Mary eventually gives in to the peer pressure. She sobs, confessing that Proctor made her sign her name in the Devil’s book and persuaded her testify against the girls in court. She finally gave in, but now she wants to be with God again.
  • She rejoins the girls.