What Gift Did Mary Give Elizabeth?


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In Act II: Scene 2 of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," Elizabeth Proctor is given a poppet from her house servant Mary Warren. A poppet is a small doll sometimes associated with practitioners of magic used to attempt to inflict harm or bring healing to a targeted individual.

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The gift of the poppet foreshadows Elizabeth's arrest in Act II: Scene 4. It is eventually revealed that Elizabeth's rival, Abigail Williams, noticed Mary sewing the poppet in court. Knowing that Mary is likely to present the doll to her employer as a gift, Abigail accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft and instructs them to look for the poppet as evidence.

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