The Crucible

How does Mrs. Putnam know what Ruth was doing in the woods?

What is Ruth doing in the woods

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Mrs. Putnam wanted Ruth to go to Tituba. She wanted to know about her children who'd died.

MRs. Putnam: Reverend Parris, I have laid seven babies un-baptized in the earth. Believe me, sir, you never saw more hearty babies born, And yet, each would wither in my arms the very night of their birth. I have spoke nothinN, but my heart has clamored intimations. And now, this year, my Ruth, my only - I see her turning strange. A secret child she has become this year, and shrivels like a sucking mouth were pullinN on her life too. And so I thought to send her to your Tituba -

Parris: To Tituba! What may Tituba - ?

Mrs. Putnam: Tituba knows how to speak to the dead, Mr. Parris.


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