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It's a focus exercise... (16.50)

Wags: If that bursts into flame, I'm denouncing you to Governor Danforth.

Taylor: It's a focus exercise. And Danforth is just in the play. At the real Salem trials, the judge was William Stoughton.

Wags: Careful, that sounds like something a witch would know.

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. More than 200 people were accused, 19 of whom were found guilty and executed by hanging (14 women and five men). One other man, Giles Corey, was crushed to death for refusing to plead, and at least five people died in jail. It was the deadliest witch hunt in the history of the United States.