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Mr Thomas Elliot was one of the members of the Council of Elder Puritans and, for a certain period of time, the servant of Countess Palatine Ingrid Von Marburg, with the task of spying on the Rev. Cotton Mather , in order to discover what the boy knew about the Great Rite and the witch who is performing it.
Little has been evidenced of his real personality. As a member of the Council of Elders Puritans is certainly a fervent Protestant, misogynistic and arrogant, as shown in dealing badly with Cotton Mather. Under the influence of the evil Countess, he shows as a totally enslaved man. When she shows herself naked, he averts his face, embarrassed.
A man in his thirties, with an angular face and black hair thinning at the temples. Small black eyes, hooked nose, black and chaste clothes as befits an important member of the Council of the Puritans.
Throughout the Salem Serie
Cotton Mather was recalled to Boston to explain what happened in Salem and why his father was killed in suspicious circumstances. Not to mention, among other things, the inability of the Reverend to counter the hysteria caused by Witchcraft. Then enters the scene Mr Elliot in the role of "Inquisitor". In fact, the man was hired by the terrible and dangerous Countess Ingrid Palatine Von Marburg to find out who was behind the Great Rite began to Salem by the "dowdy" Essex Witches. Elliot, then, went to Mather's house only to find Cotton intent to get drunk. Returning to the ship of the Marburg witches, the man reveals that Cotton knows nothing, but that certainly iJohn Alden isn't the witch behind the Ritum Magni and the murdered of Increase Mather. Mr Elliot, then, advised to go themselves to Salem, to which the Countess responds positively, but unfortunately for Elliot, he will not travel with them. While the woman comes out of the bathtub in all her naked glory, Mr Elliot begins to choke and vomit water as if he were drowning. In fact, the water in the tank is magically transferred into his body, killing him. (Cry Havoc)
- Mr Eliot: "Cotton Mather. Sent to Salem to see to the matter of a single, disturbed girl, you return here to Boston six weeks later leaving in your wake a full-blown witch panic, more than a dozen hangings, and apparently unbeknownst to you, the murder of your own father. And even worse, these horrible deeds are all the work of the witch John Alden, according to some, your closest associate."
- Cotton Mather: "Indeed. I have much to answer for."
- -- Cry Havoc
- Cotton Mather: "He [Increase Mather] sent me back to prepare for his own return."
- Mr Eliot: "I see. Though, of course, he never did."
- Cotton: "What?"
- Mr Eliot: "Return."
- -- Cry Havoc
- Mr Eliot: "I don't recall ever arguing with my father. I certainly never raised my voice. It would have felt to me like striking him."
- Cotton Mather: "Trust me. If either of us was likely to bolster words with blows, it would have been my father, not me."
- Mr Eliot: "Are you saying that your father struck you?"
- Cotton Mather: "I'm sure no more than was necessary for my proper upbringing."
- -- Cry Havoc
- Mr Eliot: "Well, to answer that, your Grace, I believe we must go to Salem ourselves."
- Countess Von Marburg: "I am sorry, Mr. Eliot, that you will not be accompanying me and my son to Salem. Your work for me is done. But in recompense, I invite you to stop averting your gaze... and stare directly. (Mr Eliot starts to drown from within)."
- -- Cry Havoc
- Thomas: Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') which meant "twin". In the New Testament, this is the name of the apostle who initially doubts the resurrected Jesus. According to tradition, he was martyred in India. Due to his renown, the name came into general use in the Christian world.
- Elliot: From an English surname which was derived from a diminutive of the medieval name Elias, cognate of Elijah, meaning "my God is YAHWEH". Elijah was a Hebrew prophet of the 9th century BC, during the reign of King Ahab and his queen, Jezebel. In medieval England, it was usually spelt Elis. It died out there by the 16th century, but it was revived by the Puritans in the form Elijah after the Protestant Reformation. Common variations are Eliot, Elliot or Elliott.
- The full name of this character is given in the closing credits as the first name is not mentioned on the show.
- The name Benjamin Elliott is related to a work dedicated to women in the Puritanical Age and the Salem Witch Trials. He was publisher of the dissertation: "A Confession of Faith: or, A Summary of Divinity: Drawn up by a Young Gentle-Woman, in the Twenty-Fifth Year of Her Age: And Now Published For the Benefit of All, but More Especially of Young Persons: That They May Attain to a Competent Knowledge, in Saving and Divine Truths (1704)." The name Benjamin Elliot appears also in the List of booksellers in Boston.