Were you surprised when the accusations against specific individuals began to multiply?
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The very nature of this Puritan society is fertile ground for accusations and hysteria so no, it doesn't surprise me. In a small village like Salem private squabbles and vendettas are settled through finger pointing and accusations of witchcraft. Putnam covets people's land; Abigail is out for Elizabeth Proctor....the list goes on. Once someone feels threatened, they need only threaten someone else to shift the blame.