Advice From Salem Village
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Advice From Salem Village
Abigail Williams Reverend Parris Tituba
John Proctor Elizabeth Proctor Thomas Putnam
Reverend Hale Mary Warren Mrs. Putnam
Advice from Salem Village is an advice column written by the characters in The Crucible .
1. Read the letters provided.
2. Out of the 9 letters, you will choose 4 to write from the perspective of a character from the list above.
3. Choose character who you think is best qualified to answer the letter. You may only use a character one time.
4. You will write a typed, 5-7 sentence response to the writer in letter format.
5. When you're finished you will present your advice column to the class.
6. Copy and paste the 4 letters you have chosen and type your response and print it out. Due next class, 11/15.
DEAR Salem Village:
I'm a 20-year-old college student and have had a job at the same retail store for two years. A few weeks ago, a mother walked in holding a baby that appeared to be about 6 months old. The first thing I noticed was that he had numerous bruises. There were pronounced bruises under both eyes, another large one on his temple, and several more visible on his arms and legs.
I have heard horror stories about parents whose infants have a medical condition that causes them to bruise easily, but the parents are accused of child abuse. This mother seemed attentive to her baby, and I saw nothing in her behavior to make me think her child was in any danger. I didn't say anything, but I keep wondering if I should have called the police or informed my manager.
I've been telling myself that there may have been an innocent explanation for the child's injuries, but I don't know if I screwed up. I didn't want to meddle, and now I'm worried the baby might be suffering because I didn't speak up. Any advice on what I should have done/should do in the future would be appreciated.
-- SECOND THOUGHTS
DEAR Second Thoughts , you should have said something just to be safe. It is a 50/50 chance that the mother is or isn't beating her child. In any case you will be kindly rewarded by turning in such a villainous scoundrel. You will be given a great reward child and your karma will be unbelievable for a whole month. Besides it is not long you will end up killing her over some false accusations.
Dear Salem Village:
In the past decade I have watched my friend Lauren transform from a confident, generous, and kind woman into an arrogant, self-absorbed person who demands attention. I can hardly stand to be around her. A group of us took a trip recently and her behavior became downright ugly. She was jealous and controlling toward the women on the trip, pouting if her story didn't get a laugh, and physically moving people aside in order to insert herself into the middle of a group. She went so far as to arrange a code word that, upon speaking it, the rest of us were supposed to leave the room immediately so that she could try and kiss a friend she was pursuing (she employed it several times). She failed to ask me a single question about myself the entire week but still wrote me a note saying how much she enjoyed our conversations. The sad part is , that week was a pretty typical representation of her behavior over the past few years. I have decided to "de-escalate" the friendship by returning phone calls with texts, only answering some messages, and keeping conversations centered on friendly small talk instead of opening the door to more emotionally draining conversations.
I was content to de-escalate in order to preserve a bit of amicability between us and to make our inevitable run-ins easier. However, I happened across a description of histrionic personality disorder the other day, and was astonished at how perfectly it fits Lauren. I truly believe that she has this for more reasons than those written here. When I
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