From Arthur Miller (1915–2005), American playwright and essayist, The Crucible (1953):
If she is innocent! Why do you never wonder if Parris be innocent, or Abigail? Is the accuser always holy now? Were they born this morning as clean as God’s fingers? I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem—vengeance is walking Salem. We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!
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From Arthur Miller (1915–2005), American playwright, essayist, and author, Why I Wrote ‘The Crucible’ in The New Yorker (21 October 1996)
Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense. The thought that the state has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally denied.
Anybody who has ever written anything and put it out to the public for its comment will identify with this quote. SLL sure does. From Arther Miller, (1915–2005), American playwright, essayist, Salesman in Beijing (1984):
On the day the world is blown up, the playwright whose show opened the night before will be leafing past the news section of the Times to find his review–as he ascends through the stratosphere, oblivious.