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" I'll tell you what that means. It's a dreadful picture, isn't it ? But I can't help looking at it. That old woman in the water's a witch ; they've put her in to find out whether she's a witch or no, and if she swims she's a witch, and if she's drowned... "
The North-western Monthly: A Magazine Devoted to University Extension and to ... - Página 261
1896
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The Mill on the Floss, Volumen1

George Eliot - 1860
...picture, isn't it ? But I can't help looking at it. That old woman in the water's a witch—they've put her in to find out whether she's a witch or no, and if she swims she's a witch, and if she's drowned—and killed, you know—she's innocent, and not a witch, but only a poor silly old woman....
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The Mill on the Floss

George Eliot - 1860 - 464 páginas
...a witch or no, and if she swims she's a witch, and if she's drowned—and killed, you know—she's innocent, and not a witch, but only a poor silly old woman. But \vhat good would it do her then, you know, when she was drowned ? Only, I suppose, she'd go to heaven,...
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The mill on the Floss, by George Eliot. Stereoptyped ed

Mary Ann Evans - 1867
...tell you what that means. It's a dreadful picture, isn't it 3 But I can't help looking at it. That old woman in the water's a witch — they've put her...would it do her then, you know, when she was drowned 1 Only, I suppose, she'd go to heaven, and God would make it up to her. And this dreadful blacksmith...
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The English Novel and the Principle of Its Development

Sidney Lanier - 1883 - 293 páginas
...It's a dreadful picture, isn't it ? But I can't help looking at it. That old woman in the water 'sa witch — they've put her in to find out whether she's a witch or no, aud if she swims she's a witch, and if she's drowned — and killed, you know — she's innocent, and...
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The English Novel and the Principle of Its Development

Sidney Lanier - 1892 - 293 páginas
...picture, isn't it? But I can't help looking at it. That old woman in the water 'sa witch—-they've put her in to find out whether she's a witch or no,...and if she swims she's a witch, and if she's drowned 10* - and killed, you know —she's innocent, and not a witch, but only a poor silly old woman. But...
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Untamed and Unabashed: Essays on Women and Humor in British Literature

Regina Barreca - 1994 - 191 páginas
...woman in the water" is judged. As Maggie knowledgeably explains, to the chagrin of her father's friend, "they've put her in, to find out whether she's a witch...not a witch, but only a poor silly old woman." But, in a line whose irony becomes apparent only in retrospect, Maggie asks the simple but crucial question...
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Childhood Studies: A Reader in Perspectives of Childhood

Jean Mills, Richard W. Mills - 2000 - 204 páginas
...Defoe's History of the Devil with its account of a witch's trial by water: 'if she swims she's a witch, if she's drowned - and killed, you know - she's innocent,...and not a witch, but only a poor silly old woman' (bk 1, ch. 3, p. 13). Again, this reference serves several functions: it prefigures Maggie's actual...
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Helen Edmundson's The Mill on the Floss: A Drama Adapted from the Novel by ...

Helen Edmundson - 2000 - 85 páginas
...horrible picture, isn't it? But I can't help looking at it. That woman in the water is a witch - well, they've put her in to find out whether she's a witch or not, and if she swims she's a witch, and if she's drowned, and killed, you know, she's innocent and...
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Useful Knowledge: The Victorians, Morality, and the March of Intellect

Alan Rauch - 2001 - 292 páginas
...of the Devil This moral paradox and flawed logic of this "trial" are described by Maggie as follows: "If she swims she's a witch, and if she's drowned — and killed, you know—she's innocent" (p. 16). The young Maggie supposes, with childlike belief, that, if the innocent...
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