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Accusation. To think that Rebecca Nurse had been accused of witchcraft was absurd; however in times like these, it seemed no one was exempt from such claims. Rebecca glanced at Franciss face but had to look away. His expression was heartbreaking

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Accusation Rebecca Nurse was working in the kitchen of her cottage in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts, preparing the evening meal for herself and her husband Francis. She glanced out the small window in the kitchen and saw flowers blooming. Ah, spring, she thought. Rebecca was the kindest woman in all of Salem, with her long silver hair, soft features and kind, loving eyes. She was the town's midwife, and she certainly had a way with children, having eleven of her own along with twenty-six grandchildren. Rebecca was a devout Christian, which was why the recent events taking place in the usually quiet town deeply troubled her. It was the spring of 1692, and it had all begun with two sick young girls who could not be woken. There was talk of the Devil's work, and then all of a sudden the entire town was crying witchcraft. She was uncertain whether witches really had unleashed their wrath upon Salem, but she was certain the many of the accused had never danced with the Devil. ...read more.

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"There is hope, Rebecca. Sarah Good confessed and she was freed. If you confess-"Francis was cut off by Rebecca. "I will do no such thing. I refuse to give in to such fraud. I am a Godly woman - I cannot sin just to save my life. If they wish to hang me, so be it. I will die a good and honest woman." To think that Rebecca Nurse had been accused of witchcraft was absurd; however in times like these, it seemed no one was exempt from such claims. Rebecca glanced at Francis's face but had to look away. His expression was heartbreaking - tears were running down his cheeks. She knew he would want her to confess; after all, how could he live without her? But her morals stood in the way. Her religious character made the thought of lying only to save her own life unimaginable. The accusations against Rebecca led her to believe that this really was quite possibly a fraud, seeing as she herself knew that she had never participated in any manner of witchcraft. ...read more.

Conclusion

Rebecca opened the front door to Ezekiel Cheever, clerk of the court. "Good evening, Goody Nurse" he said, "I have received an arrest warrant for you. I must say, I was very surprised, but I am only doing my job as clerk of the court. I'm very sorry but you'll have to come with me." Francis jumped to his feet. "You will not take my wife! Rebecca is the very foundation of the church, Mr Cheever, and you know it! How can anyone possibly think my Rebecca is trafficking with the Devil?" he yelled. Cheever's eyes were filled with sorrow as he led Rebecca to a small wooden cart, where several other women stood already. He chained her wrists to the side of the cart. She stood tall, holding onto her dignity. She looked at Francis's face, her eyes locked onto his. Rebecca did not falter as she watched him cry - she was a strong woman. She did not think of what lay ahead, of how awful jail would be, or of the fate she knew was almost certainly heading her way. Instead, she bowed her head in prayer. Ashley Doyle ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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