Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Witch’s Tale and Wonder in Hampton

The year was 1637, roughly 100 years before Ben Franklin stuck a key on a kite and made a shocking discovery. New England didn’t have streetlamps, iPods, or CNN.

Storytelling was popular, and mythsabounded.

The Pilgrim colony at Plymouth is 17 years old, and everyone seems to agree the region is one prime piece of real estate. About this time, William Cole may have been in his 50s, and his wife, Eunice (Goody was short for a term meaning "good wife"), may have been in her 30s.

No records indicate Goody actually may have injured someone. The only accusations against her seem to be that she was charged with slanderous speeches, and that she once lunged at her neighbor. She was probably very aware of her neighbors shouting heartwarming statements such as, "That witch is after my children! Full Story

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