The Crucible Characters

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Mercy Lewis

Mercy Lewis is the servant of Thomas and Ann Putnam. Mercy is described by the author as "a fat, sly, merciless girl of eighteen" (Act I, p. 16). Mercy was among the girls found dancing in the woods by Reverend Parris, and later becomes one of the "officials of the court" which cast accusations of witchcraft upon the townspeople. In Act IV, Abigail runs away from Salem with Mercy Lewis, after breaking into Reverend Parris's strongbox and stealing thirty-one pounds.

Deputy Governor Danforth

Deputy Governor Thomas Danforth is described by the author as "a grave man in his sixties, of some humor and sophistication that does not, however, interfere with an exact loyalty to his position and his cause" (Act III, p. 85). Danforth is staunch and stern in his approach to the law, and refuses to back down and release the prisoners when Reverends Hale and Parris beg...

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