|“|| Countess: Careful. Your next word may be your last.
Mary Sibley: Your words are nothing but air. We both know you need me.
— in The Wine Dark Sea
Throughout the Salem serie
In Book of Shadows, Countess sends her Hag attacking Mary Sibley in her bathtub with the intent to steal information with a blood kiss.
In The Wine Dark Sea, the two women have for the first time a face to face meeting. Mary immediately denigrates the Countess for failing the Grand Rite and orders to the woman that she must stay away from her, to which the Countess says that Mary is wasted in a coven of outcasts and weak witches.
In III Met by Moonlight, Countess arrives in Salem with her son and immediately wins the affection of the citizens by giving them baskets of food and support during the famine. The witch, among other things, continued her threat to the authority of Mary, blackmailing Mary to accuse her of murdering George if Mary'll try to thwart her plans.
- Countess: Well, you can put a crown on a sow's head and it doesn't make it a queen. A true queen is not made. She is born in the earth's womb and destined to rule forever.
- Mary Sibley: You arrogant bitch. I know about you and all your failures. You won't touch a hair on my head. Anne Hale told me you were desperate to know who completed the grand rite. Now you know. I alone succeeded where you failed. Oh, mighty queen of failure. I completed the grand rite, and I alone will open the gate for our dark lord. Tis my accomplishment and none of your own.
- Countess: No, that's where you are wrong, little sister. Your accomplishment is not only my concern, but my destiny.
- Mary Sibley: Listen, old thing. You gave up your birthright when increase Mather snatched it away. Your grand rite died a failure.
- Countess: Careful. Your next word may be your last.
- Mary Sibley: Your words are nothing but air. We both know you need me. You need me to complete the consecration. I hold the reins, not you. And terrorizing my hive and killing one of my own will not sway me from my destiny.
- Countess:You're right. I do need you. But soon, you will come to see how much you need me, too. And you are gravely mistaken, little sister. Other than our watery encounter, I've not touched an Essex witch yet. It would appear there is another enemy at your gates.
- Mary Sibley: Then let us use this common threat as reason to unite. What difference does it make who holds the key and who opens the gate? All witches will benefit from our dark lord's arrival. Let us work together in this noble cause.
- -- in The Wine Dark Sea
- Mary Sibley: I try to focus on the future And what will be gained by their sacrifice.
- Countess: Oh, my dear. What do you think that world will be like? Oh, thank you.
- Mary Sibley: A new breath of freedom utopia.
- Countess: Do you even know what that word means?
- Mary Sibley: An ideal world.
- Countess: It means "no place". Do not be blinded by the light of your dreams, Mary Sibley, for these are not the last but merely the first of the sacrifices it will take to achieve our new world. There are other cities to conquer, other empires to fell. And all the while, we must wear our mask of respectability.
- Mary Sibley: Then why have you destroyed my mask and killed George?
- Countess: To show you who are your true and only friends, to eliminate your false confidence, and to prove that those elders of yours hiding in the woods have less hold over you than I.
- -- in Ill Met by Moonlight
- Countess: You began this vital rite, Mary. You alone unleashed a plague to devour hundreds of your kin!
- Mary Sibley: Not kin. Puritan hypocrites who branded my friend, drove away my love, and forced me to give up the only joy I had left!
- Countess: We all make sacrifices, Mary, and in these courageous acts, legends are born.
- Mary Sibley: No, I wanted freedom. For all. I may have been willing to sacrifice too many to achieve it, but you just want a world of slaves.
- Countess: Do you not yet understand? Men long for the freedom of their chains. To them, slavery is freedom!
- Mary Sibley: You are no better than the ones I sought to destroy.
- Countess: You've not lived nearly long enough to judge me or the forces that drive me.
- Mary Sibley: Come, now. Do not pretend that you are after anything other than your own infinite desires.
- Countess: Were you there to hear the screams of thousands of children sliced apart by crusaders? Have you smelled the human flesh searing to the red-hot irons of the inquisition? I consecrate this land on behalf of the millions I watched suffer! And their temples destroyed, their people slaughtered! You began this rite to end all of this. How can you turn your back on us now?
- Mary Sibley: I wanted it passionately. But I hadn't tasted passion until I became a mother.
- -- in Til Death Do Us Part