Tales From the Bitface (Posts about hanging)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:57:38 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssMargaret Atwood’s Uncanny Ancestorhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2017/04/11/margaret-atwoods-uncanny-ancestor/Martin McCallion<p>This is a horrific quote from <a href=”http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/17/margaret-atwood-the-prophet-of-dystopia”><cite>The New Yorker</cite>‘s interview with Margaret Atwood</a>:</p> <blockquote><p> Mary Webster, whose neighbors, in the Puritan town of Hadley, Massachusetts, had accused her of witchcraft. ‘The townspeople didn’t like her, so they strung her up,’ Atwood said recently. ‘But it was before the age of drop hanging, and she didn’t die. She dangled there all night, and in the morning, when they came to cut the body down, she was still alive.’ Webster became known as Half-Hanged Mary. </p></blockquote> <p>But I can’t help thinking, if there’s anything to the story, wouldn’t they have taken her survival as <em>further evidence</em> of her witchy nature, and made sure they killed her next time? As it is, it sounds like she lived on.</p> hanginglinklinksMargaret Atwoodwitchcrafthttps://devilgate.org/blog/2017/04/11/margaret-atwoods-uncanny-ancestor/Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:32:09 GMT