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Mercy Lewis (daughter)
|“||The witches have already taken your life. I no longer fear the puritans claiming mine.||”|
— Rev. Lewis to his daughter
He was a minor recurring character primarily portrayed by actor Thomas Francis Murphy.
Early Life Edit
Little is known about the life of Rev. Lewis, the Shepherd of the Salem town. According to his daughter Mercy, he visited his daughter at night to have intercourses with her, thus making him an incestuous pedophile.
Reverend Lewis was a fervent Puritan, shepherd of souls in Salem, Massachusetts. Despite his prestigious position, he was forced to step aside when Cotton Mather, and later his father Increase Mather, came to Salem to conduct a fierce witch hunt. Reverend Lewis showed he was fond of his daughter when he tried to exorcise her, even though it was illegal to practice such ritual according to Puritan legislation.
Physical Appearance Edit
A man in his fifties, stout, flabby face, thick reddish hair, and a full beard of the same color. Dressed according to the Puritan customs.
Throughout the Salem Series Edit
- To Be Added
Memorable Quotes Edit
- Mercy Lewis: "They will hang you if they learn of this."
- Reverend Lewis: "The witches have already taken your life. I no longer fear the Puritans claiming mine. The wretched spirit that inhabits you must be excised. Do you trust me, Mercy? That I would do nothing to hurt you?"
- Mercy Lewis: "Well, of course not. Father!"
- — Survivors
- Reverend Lewis: "I am, uh, astounded at the charity you've shown my child, but if I wish to see her, is that not a father's right?"
- Mary Sibley: "Why, in particular, do you wish to see her, Reverend? Were you perhaps considering another exorcism? Do your days grow dull, lacking a child to beat and torture and the nights far too lonely with no daughter to visit?"
- Reverend Lewis: "I would never..."
- Mary Sibley: "Mercy is mine. Return here again and these accusations will be made public."
- — Children, Be Afraid
|The Stone Child||Appears|
|The Red Rose and the Briar||Mentioned|
|Our Own Private America||Appears|
|Children Be Afraid||Absent|
|The House of Pain||Absent|
|Cat And Mouse||Absent|
|All Fall Down||Absent|
|Book of Shadows||Absent|
|The Wine Dark Sea||Appears|
|Ill Met by Moonlight||Absent|
|The Beckoning Fair One||Absent|
|Wages of Sin||Absent|
|Til Death Do Us Part||Absent|
|On Earth as in Hell||Absent|
|Midnight Never Come||Absent|
|The Witching Hour||Absent|
- Nameless: Rev. Lewis is one of the few characters that has not yet been referred by his first name.
- Lewis: Derived from the given name Lewis, Medieval English form of Louis. A famous bearer was Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the author of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. This was also the surname of C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), the author of the 'Chronicles of Narnia'.
Status and Rank Edit
- Reverend, member of the Protestant clergy. In some situations, the title "reverend" is used synonymously with "pastor" (as a priest of a church), but more properly denotes the ministerial office. In the case of Reverend Lewis, he seems to be more a pastor of the Church that a religious minister.
- In The Vow, a woman and a little girl are shown out of Mercy's room, but are neither named nor shown in later episodes. They could be his wife and daughter, or neighbors, assisting the Reverend during Mercy's illness.
- The character was played by a different actor in the pilot episode, then permanently replaced by Thomas Francis Murphy in all other episodes of first and second seasons.