reading The Crucible

Danforth: No, old man, you have not hurt these people if they are of good conscience.1 But you must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between.2 This is a sharp time, now, a precise time – we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God’s grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it. I hope you will be one of those.

I'm a reasonable man / get off my case...

  1. More and more as we read, I appreciate Miller’s depth, his commitment to the consequences of each character’s most extreme actions. Characters double-down on their positions and it’s gut-wrenching; we know where it’s going, yes, but it is so, so familiar in the behavior of those around us. ↩︎
  2. Fascism suppresses dissent. It’s interesting: in general, categorizing is a specious thing to do, but, there are times when putting the correct name to a thing is deeply empowering, satisfying. And to think, all this time, I thought… huh. I’ve just recognized something I didn’t actually see before… How apt. ↩︎