The Crucible

What does Rebecca Nurse say about Betty and Ruth's sickness?

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Rebecca, who has eleven children and twenty-six grandchildren, claims that Betty's illness is nothing serious. She is skeptical of the claims of witchcraft.

Rebecca, sitting: "I think she’’ll wake in time. Pray calm your-selves. I have eleven children, and I am twenty-six times a grandma, and I have seen them all through their silly seasons, and when it come on them they will run the Devil bowlegged keeping up with their mischief. I think she’’ll wake when she tires of it. A child’’s spirit is like a child, you can never catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back..."


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