Trial by Philo

(Some other phrasing we considered:
R: I am not a witch.
R: No witches ‘round these parts.
R: This be witch country.
R: There are no witches in America.
R: No witches in America.
R: No country for old witches.
R: You must be at least this tall to ride this witch.)

"There is no art in turning a goddess into a witch, a virgin into a whore, but the opposite operation, to give dignity to what has been scorned, to make the degraded disireable, that calls for art or for character."

"When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet . . . Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman."
--Virginia Woolf

"In truth, Sarah Osbourne's only crime lay in being an unattached, middle-aged woman with enough wealth and property to make her a source of envy. Also, witchcraft. Lots and lots of witchcraft. Rebecca Nurse, by contrast, was a devoted mother and a pillar of the Salem community. If she had one flaw, it was loving too much. If she had a second flaw, it was probably witchcraft."
--Michael Burgan, The Salem Witch Trials

Lured by the scent of gingerbread, the PHILOLEXIAN SOCIETY comes to your house, compliments your taste in cats, and invites you to its seventh debate of the semester.

RESOLVED: I am not a witch.

WHEN: This Thursday (10/21) at 8:30 p.m. Sandwitches (or other edible items) to precede the meeting.

WHERE: The Satow Room, Lerner Hall

Please also keep in mind that Philo will be hosting a tea with EALAC professor Lydia Liu this Friday at 3 p.m. in Hamilton Hall, Room 303. Come satisfy your hunger for knowledge and thirst for Earl Grey.

Our orations will have you spellbound.

The Philolexian Society
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