The Crucible

I never knew it before. I never knew any...

Mary Warren

The Crucible

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Basics


Character
Gender
Female
Age Range
Late Teen
Style
Dramatic
Length
Short
Time Period
Contemporary
Show Type
Play

Monologue Context

Mary Warren relates to her employer and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Proctor, the recent incident that...



Monologue Text

I never knew it before. I never knew anything before. When she come into the court I say to myself, I must not accuse this woman, for she sleeps in ditches, and so very old and poor. But then- then she sit there, denying and denying, and I feel a misty coldness climbin' up my back, and the skin on my skull begin to creep, and I feel a clamp around my neck and I cannot breathe air; and then (entranced) "Why, your excellence, no curse at all. I only say my commandments; I hope I may say my commandments," says she! Then Judge Hathorne say, "Recite for us your commandments!" (*Like one awakened to a marvelous secret insighLeaning avidly toward themmimicking an old crone) "Why, your excellence, no curse at all. I only say my commandments; I hope I may say my commandments," says she! Then Judge Hathorne say, "Recite for us your commandments!" (*Leaning avidly toward themLeaning avidly toward them) And of all the ten she could not say a single one. She never knew no commandments, and they had her in a flat lie!