2005-03-18

true or made up???

Hi everybody!

What facts described in "The Crucible" are true and what is just made up by Arthur Miller?
Perhaps this is a question that you also often asked yourself while reading the play. Well, I looked for some information concerning the historical inaccuracies in the play and I think the result is quite interesting:

Have you known for example that Betty Parris' mother was not dead in 1692?
She died in 1696, four years after the events.
The Parris family also included two other children - an older brother, Thomas, and a younger sister, Susannah - not just Betty and her relative Abigail, who was probably born around 1681.

Miller admits in the introduction to the play that he boosted Abigail Williams' age to 17 even though the real girl was only 11, but he never mentions that John Proctor was 60 and Elizabeth, 41, was his third wife. Proctor was not a farmer but a tavern keeper. Living with them was their daughter aged 15, their son who was 17, and John's 33-year-old son from his first marriage. Everyone in the family was eventually accused of witchcraft. Elizabeth Proctor was indeed pregnant, during the trial, and did have a temporary stay of execution after convicted, which ultimately spared her life because it extended past the end of the period that the executions were taking place.
There never was any wild dancing rite in the woods led by Tituba, and certainly Rev. Parris never stumbled upon them. Some of the local girls had attempted to divine the occupations of their future husbands with an egg in a glass -- crystal-ball style.
The Putnam's daughter was not named Ruth, but Ann, like her mother, probably changed by Miller so the audience wouldn't confuse the mother and the daughter. In reality, the mother was referred to as "Ann Putnam Senior" and the daughter as "Ann Putnam Junior."
Enjoy your holidays, VICI

2005-03-11

Another Miller

As you may know, Arthur Miller is not the only Miller in the world. This weekend Bode Miller has the chance to do something great.
I'm not sure whether you have heard of him (except my friends who always have to listen to my stories about him)but he's a professional skier of the US Ski Team. He has won two gold medals at the Alpine Ski Worldchampionships at Bormio, Italy and now he has the chance to win the overall Worldcup. This weekend is the Worldcup Final at Lenzerheide, Switzerland and Bode has already won the Super-G Worldcup has he and his team mate Daron Rhalves won the last competition in this discipline today. Concerning the disciplines: there are four: Downhill (you mostly have to run straight down the hill with few curves), Giant Slalom (you have to drive a lot of curves, but they are not too narrow), Slalom ( that's where you have to be careful in case of narrow curves) and Super-G (= Super-Giant-Slalom, you almost ski as fast as in Downhill, but there are more curves and you need good skills).Bode managed it to win races in all disciplines this season and only four other skiers have achieved that, among them Marc Girardelli and Günther Mader.
He is 184 points in front in the overall Worldcup, followed by Benjamin Raich, a skier from Austria. Miller has to be very careful because there are only the Slalom and Giant- Slalom competitions left and Raich is very good in this disciplines. But Bode is also able to win the Giant-Slalom Worldcup.
Apart from this, Miller is not just a very good skier, he also looks good and of course, he's very cool.All the other skiers in the Worldcup sleep in hotels on their long journey from race to race, but Bode has his own trailer where he lives during the Worldcup season in Europe.
If you want to know more about this succesful man ( he also won some medals at the Olympic Games 2002 at Salt Lake City and at the Alpine Ski Worldchampionships 2003 at St. Moritz), just visit his hompage: www.bodemillerusa.com and watch the last races on eurosport.
Have a relaxing weekend, see you on moday!
Johanna
hi

I want to say, that I think the theatre today was interesting and not too long!*g*
And I think, that you could understand the most things. But I hoped that John Proctor looked well but it wasn't.
I wish you all a nice weekend!