Marion L. Starkey

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Marion Lena Starkey (April 13, 1901 – December 18, 1991) was an American author of history books, including The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry into the Salem Witch Trials.

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The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry into the Salem Witch Trials (1949)[edit]

All page numbers from the trade paperback edition published by Anchor Books ISBN 0-385-03509-8
  • It’s bad business meddling with the devil; it makes you superstitious.
    • Preface (p. 18)
  • As every minister knows, a prayer is a superb device for airing an opinion.
    • Chapter 5, “Gospel Witch” (p. 72)
  • At such moments the voice of reason always sounds like blasphemy and dissenters are of the devil.
    • Chapter 7, “John Proctor’s Jade” (p. 102)
  • Treat a child like a witch and you’ll have one.
    • Chapter 12, “Village Circe” (p. 152)
  • A fact will often show poor and plain in contrast to the leapings of imagination.
    • Chapter 17, “Eight Firebrands of Hell” (p. 205)
  • Silence may have an eloquence of its own, but only in the long run.
    • Chapter 18, “The Ghost of Mary Esty” (p. 215)
  • People at large were not enjoying an intellectual awakening where so recently they had succumbed to superstitious panic.
    • Chapter 18, “The Ghost of Mary Esty” (p. 221)
  • Being ignored was a therapy that had rarely been tried upon these girls.
    • Chapter 18, “The Ghost of Mary Esty” (p. 223)
  • If such were the will of God, what wonder that so many had turned to the devil?
    • Chapter 21, “Village Purge” (p. 248)
  • Yes, he had been loyal to his friends, but even a wolf is loyal to other wolves.
    • Chapter 22, “We Walked in Clouds” (p. 262)
  • Technicalities are, however, of more interest to historians than to contemporaries.
    • Chapter 22, “We Walked in Clouds” (p. 268)

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