The Crucible

Describe how the mood of the play change when Mr. and Mrs. Putnam enter. What examples of stage directions support your answer?

The cricible act one lines 227-2530

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When Mr. and Mrs. Putnam enter, we immediately see a sense of superstition and forboding.

Enter Mrs. Ann Putnam. She is a twisted soul of forty-five, a death-ridden woman, haunted by dreams.

Parris, as soon as the door begins to open: No - no, I cannot have anyone'. He sees her, and a certain deference springs into him, although his worry remains. Why, Goody Putnam, come in.
Mrs. Putnam, full of breath, shiny-eyed: It is a marvel. It is surely a stroke of hell upon you.

Mrs. Putnam, with vicious certainty: I’d not call it sick; the Devil’s touch is heavier than sick. It’s death, y’know, it’s death drivin’ into them, forked and hoofed.


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