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Putnam's greatest desire is to expand the amount of land he owns. He is, in fact, so greedy for land that he motivates his own daughter to accuse George Jacobs of witchery in order to gain the land Jacobs refused to sell him. Putnam, and people like him, are one of the reasons the trials and executions became so widespread..... these accusations allowed people holding grudges to gain vengeance for even the pettiest of offenses.