The “Morris Witch” in The Witch of Edmonton

  • Laura Denker
  • Laurie Maguire


Old Carter concludes The Witch of Edmonton on a note of emotional compromise: “So, let’s every man home to Edmonton with heavy hearts, yet as merry as we can, though not as we would” (5.3.166–67).2 Given that he has just lost a daughter, Susan (murdered impulsively by her bigamous husband), Carter’s mixed response is understandable, as is that of his remaining child, Katherine, who anticipates her forthcoming marriage with trepidation: “And but my faith is passed, / I should fear to be married…. Excuse me that / I am thus troubled” (5.3.151–54).


Marriage Market Symbolic Slaying Tragic Hero Morris Dancing Heavy Heart 
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  1. 2.
    Citations of The Witch of Edmonton in this essay follow the edition by Peter Corbin and Douglas Sedge (Manchester: Manchester UP, 1986).Google Scholar

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  • Laura Denker
  • Laurie Maguire

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