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Salem Cemetery
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General Information
Residents

Salem deceased people (particularly, the good Puritan families)

Type

Graveyard

Located In

Salem, Massachusetts

Mary Sibley: A girl brave enough to sketch in a graveyard.
Anne Hale: I'm not afraid of the dead, nor the living for that matter.
Mary Sibley: That's because you know nothing of death and less of life.
— in The Vow

The local cemetery in Salem, located on the edge of town, near the woods.

Description

The burial site built by the Puritans to mourn their dear departed. The tombstones emerge from a soft green lawn, a peaceful garden surrounded by trees and with a view of the bay. This may be the reason why Anne Hale uses it as a park to paint and draw on her sketchbook and be calm from the bustling city.

This peaceful place is at odds with the mass graves, where the bodies of criminals, slaves and the poor are thrown into a ditch, without even being buried, but simply left to rot in the crags.

Throughout the Salem series

The young Anne Hale, daughter of magistrate Hale, is sitting next to a tombstone intent to draw a landscape on her sketchbook when John Alden interrupted her and the two have a nice conversation, and Anne tells him that she is willing to make him a portrait. While Anne is catching the blanket on which she was sitting, Mary Sibley scares her with her presence. The two women have a strange conversation about the reasons that led the men and women in their graves: men die for the battles, the women die for love, giving birth to children.(The Vow) During an altercation with Mather, Alden find out that Giles Corey was thrown in the crags instead be properly buried in the cemetery of the city that he helped to build. That same night, Alden dug a grave for the late Giles, and used later that same grave to hide the casket he stolen from William Hooke, knowing that it was an evil object linked to witchcraft (The Stone Child). Unfortunately this caket is discovered by witches Tituba and Mercy, who are in search of Malum, contained in the valuable box. Looking for evidence exculpating Alden from accusations of witchcraft against him by Increase Mather, Cotton concludes that the box that the two had found contains the infamous Malum, the most powerful weapon of the witches and asks to Alden where he hid it. When Alden tells him that he has entrusted it to Giles Corey, Cotton realizes he must search it in the grave. Unfortunately for him, the grave contains only the rotting corpse of Corey, whose accelerated decompisizione is probably due to the poisonous influences of Malum (Ashes Ashes).

Dollie Trask, acting like a dredful siren, attracts a man on the street lured him in the cemetery where together with her fellow witches and Mercy Lewis, the leader of their coven of outcasts, turns him into a witch slave by putting in his body a familiar in the shape of a crow (Cry Havoc). While the plague spreads faster and faster, Dr. Wainwright order that plague victims are thrown into the crags instead of being buried in the cemetery, as it could trigger an infection. This triggers, instead, the wrath of the Rev. Lewis, who has the task of officiating the funeral of the Puritans citizens, and the new magistrate Hale takes the opportunity to throw a bad light on Wainwright, protégé of his nemesis, Mary Sibley (From Within).

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Trivia

  • From several dialogues, it appears that only the Puritan families are buried in this cemetery.
    • In From Within, Rev. Lewis admitted to Dr Wainwright that he has ordered to dig a grave for one of the citizens and that it is he, then, to deal with the management of the cemetery.
  • The Malum was buried in Giles Corey's grave by John Alden, in an attempt to hide it from witches.
    • It was later unearthed by witches Tituba and Mercy before Cotton Mather was able to retrieve it.

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