I am Mary. I am a witch. This is the beginning of Mary Newbury journal in 1659. After watching the witch trial of her grandmother, Mary escapes the prejudice of England and sets sail for America. She joins unlikely companions, the puritans. We are aware that this is a dangerous decision, yet what other choice is there? Is she really a witch? Did she really live? These questions are for you to find out as you read her journal.
This story reads very much like a journal would. There is not a lot of description of the drama. She cuts to the point quickly. I wish there had been a little more suspense to the story. And just when the story was getting good, it ends. There is a sequel to the book and I will definitely read it. This story made me think about what my life would have been like if I was born at this time. Would I have been considered a witch? Let's see
1. I am a nurse. I know healing powers and therefore have the power to kill (this came from the book)
2. I am opinionated. Not exactly a great point for women back then.
3. I read and write. It is not natural for a women to be educated. We should all be pious.
4. I love to dance. Didn't you know that we only dance when the devil has taken over our bodies.
5. I know how to swim. I would have failed the witch trial for sure. Well, they did tie your hands and feet together so I may have had a more difficult time swimming.
6. I don't like other people telling me what to do.
7. I like to wear pants, go out at night, wear bright clothes.
8. My husband loves the indians.
I am sure I would have been burned or hung as a witch. What a fascinating time period. These people lived in such fear and superstition and yet superstition was seen as a tool of the devil. Very confusing.