www.common-place.org · vol. 1 · no. 3 · April 2001
Testimony: He or His Apparition
About noon, at Salem, Giles Corey was press'd to death for standing Mute. -- Samuel Sewall, Diary, September 19, 1692
The girls' testimony is gravel scattered on the grass.
Ann Putnam: Giles Corey or his Apperance has most
Inside the meetinghouse each afflicted girl repeats the next.
Mercy Lewis: I veryly beleve in my heart that Giles Cory
The copier flattens the page, hammers down identical
Sarah Bibber: I have ben most greviously affleted by giles
But the man won't speak to defend or plead. He sits still and
Mary Warren: At the time of his examination I saw: s'd
The morning of his execution: the meetinghouse floods with
Nobody can see the lesson: nothing can drive the voice
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