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Walk-in-Dread

Deliverance on the cover

All of the characters that appear in I Walk in Dread.

Main characters[]

Deliverance Trembley[]

Main article: Deliverance Trembley

Deliverance "Liv" Trembley (c. 1679[1] – c. 1757)[2] was the youngest child of Goodwife and Mr. Trembley. She lost her parents, a stepmother, and two brothers at a young age. Her remaining siblings were Benjamin and Remembrance "Mem". Liv and Mem were brought to live in Salem Village with their uncle. In late 1691, their uncle left the girls alone to go and work on a whaling ship and ordered them to keep it a secret. Liv and Mem find it increasingly hard to keep this secret. Meanwhile, as the Salem witch trials began, Liv was swept up in the hysteria like Mem. However, after her good friend Martha Corey was accused of being a witch, she realized how wrong the trials were.

Supporting characters[]

Benjamin Trembley[]

Benjamin "Ben" Trembley (born c. 1671)[1] was the older brother of Remembrance and Deliverance Trembley. His parents and his two brothers passed away when he was young. Their stepmother was captured while protecting Ben, Mem, and Liv during an Indian raid. When he was of age, he joined the militia but came to Salem Village to help his uncle on the farm. In the spring of 1692, Liv and Mem sent word to Benjamin about their uncle not returning home. Benjamin arrived in early April. He became quick friends with Darcy Cooper. Benjamin shortly moved with his sisters to Haver'il, where he started a thriving farm. After Mem's death, Ben went with Liv and Darcy to reclaim the old Trembley homestead.

Darcy Cooper[]

Darcy Cooper was the oldest son of Jones Darcy Cooper. He had eight siblings. Darcy was training with his father to run the family's business. His skin was scarred by smallpox and he had a crooked leg from falling off a stool as a child. Like many, Liv thought him ugly at first but grew to like him because of his good nature. In early 1692, Darcy became interested in Mem and later asked for permission to court her, which she granted. After their uncle's untimely demise, Darcy asked the Trembleys to move to Haver'il. He and Mem married that June. They had two children before her death in 1698. After a period of mourning, Darcy married Liv and moved with Ben to the Trembleys' old homestead. They had seven children.

Jones Darcy Cooper[]

Jones Darcy Cooper, Senior[3] was the father of eight children, including Darcy, Adam, Mehitabel, and Rebecca. He was described as being "handsome" despite his age. Jones ran a lucrative barrel making business in Haver'il, Massachusetts and was training Darcy to run the business. His wife passed away a year prior. In early 1692, he and his son Darcy were caught in a snowstorm on the way to Salem Village. They stayed in the barn of Mem and Liv's home for two days. Jones and Darcy visited Salem several times to meet with the girls' uncle, but he was never home. Once they left a letter offering their uncle a job, which Benjamin later accepted instead. By April, Jones was betrothed to his future second wife.

Martha Corey[]

Martha Corey (died September 22, 1692)[2] was the second wife of Giles Corey. She had two grown sons, four stepdaughters whom were all married, and a son named Thomas with Giles. Martha had a strong conviction in her religion and her opinions were often against popular opinion. In January 1692, she befriended Liv and asked her to come to her home to read to her. Liv read the Bible and the captive narrative of Mary Rowlandson. From the start, Martha doubted the "afflicted" girls and disapproved of the examinations. She voiced these opinions at church, leading to Ann Putnam accusing her of witchcraft. Martha was arrested and maintained her innocence throughout her trial. She was executed by hanging.

Remembrance Trembley[]

Remembrance "Mem" Cooper (née Trembley; c. 1674[1] — 1698)[2] was the older sister of Deliverance. She and her three brothers were born in Maine. Mem was sickly and often unable to do any work, though she occasionally used it as an excuse. Her best friend was Susannah Sheldon. In early 1692, Mem developed a crush on the much older Darcy Jones Cooper. When his son Darcy proposed, she said yes thinking he was speaking for his father. Mem and Liv were in conflict about the witch hunt. After Liv read her diary out to her, Mem finally saw the truth as well as Darcy's good points. She married Darcy and had two children, Remembrance and Darcy. Mem died of a fever in the winter of 1698.

Minor characters[]

  • Abigail Hobbs, a girl living in Salem Village. Deliverance Trembley disliked her, describing her as "rude and unseemly to her parents." Prior to the trials, she claimed to have met the Devil but the other girls called her a "liar." In April 1692, she became one of the so-called "afflicted."
  • Abigail Williams was the niece of Reverend Samuel Parris whose family she lived with. She was close friends with Ann Putnam. Abigail and her cousin Betty Parris were the first of the "afflicted." They started by having "fits" and later began accusing people of being witches.
  • Adam Cooper was the second child of Jones Darcy Cooper. As a child, he and his brother Darcy had smallpox. Adam ran the sawmill of his family's business and was the "very likeness of his father." After Darcy's engagement, Adam was finally able to marry his betrothed whom was the daughter of wealthy landowners.
  • Ann Putnam was a close friend of Abigail Williams. After Abigail and Betty, she and Elizabeth Hubbard were the next to be "afflicted." She went on to accuse several people of being witches, including Sarah Goode and Martha Corey.
  • Ann Putnam, Senior[4] was the mother and namesake of Ann. Like her daughter, she became "afflicted" and allegedly fought off the "specter" of Rebecca Nurse.
  • Ben, the son of Martha Corey. Described as "mulatto," he was born while Martha was still married to her first husband.
  • Benjamin Gould, a man whom accused Giles Corey of witchcraft.
  • Bethshua Pope, a local woman whom "went blind" temporarily while at church.
  • Betty Parris (born c. 1683)[5] was the daughter of Samuel Parris. She was the cousin of Abigail Williams. The two girls were the first "afflicted." After some time, Betty's parents sent her to live with her uncle Stephen Sewall in hopes of her recovering from her affliction.
  • Bridget Bishop (died June 1692),[2] one of many accused of witchcraft whom became the first to be hanged during the trials.
  • Clover was a cow owned by the Trembleys whom Liv and Mem depended on for milk.
  • Deodat Lawson was the reverend of Salem Village before Samuel Parris. He became interested in the trials after Tituba claimed that witches had killed his wife and daughter.
  • Dorcas Goode was the daughter of Sarah Goode. She was forced to go begging for food with her mother. After Sarah was accused of witchcraft, Ann Putnam later accused Dorcas's "specter" of trying to force her to sign the "devil's book." Dorcas was subsequently put through the examinations and imprisoned with her mother.
  • Edward Putnam, the uncle of Ann Putnam and one of the deacons of the Salem Village church.
  • Elizabeth Hubbard (born c. 1675)[6] was the niece of Dr. William Griggs whom she live with. She became one of the "afflicted" in late February 1692.
  • Elizabeth Proctor was the wife of John Proctor. She helped her husband run a tavern. She was accused by the "afflicted." Elizabeth refused to confess, but her life was spared due to her pregnancy.
  • Ezekiel Cheever, one of the deacons of the Salem Village church.
  • Francis Nurse was a resident of Salem Village. He paid John Hadlock to take the place of his youngest son in the militia.
  • Reverend George Burroughs (died 1692)[2] was a former minister of Salem Village. He left unhappily eight years previously to preach in Maine. George was brought back to Salem after being accused of witchcraft.
  • George Jacobs, an elderly resident of Salem Village. He spoke out against the "afflicted" and later became one of the accused.
  • Giles Corey (c. 1612[7] — September 19, 1692)[2] was the husband of Martha Corey and father of Thomas. He had four daughters from his first wife whom all lived with their husbands and children on Giles's large farm. Giles, reportedly, was "forever in and out of court with disputes" and was once accused of murdering a farmhand. He sided against his wife in the witch hysteria, even speaking against her. Giles was later remorseful for his actions. He himself was also accused, but refused to enter a plea. Giles was then pressed to death instead of being hanged.
  • Mr. Hall, the husband of Mehitabel Hall. He worked as a blacksmith at the Cooper family's forge.
  • John Hadlock was a man in the same militia as Benjamin Trembley. Francis Nurse paid him to serve in his youngest son's place.
  • Reverend John Hale, the minister of Beverly whom witnessed the trials.
  • John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin, two magistrates whom presided of the witch examinations.
  • John Indian was an enslaved person owned by the Parris'. He was married to Tituba and came from Barbados with the Parris family. John also became "afflicted."
  • John Proctor (died 1692)[2] was the husband of Elizabeth Proctor. They ran a tavern down the road from the Trembleys' home. His servant, Mary Warren, was one of the "afflicted." However, she never had any of her "fits" in front of John, knowing that he would hit her. He was later accused by Abigail Williams. Like his wife, he refused to confess and was subsequently executed.
  • Widow Holten, a neighbor of the Trembleys. She often visited Liv and Mem to ask about their uncle and became suspicious of his frequent absences. Mem suspected she was "sweet on" their uncle. She later became one of Rebecca Nurse's accusers, alleging that her husband fell ill three years ago shortly after their pigs got into the Nurses' field.
  • Reverend Increase Mather was a minister whom went to England to help increase the charter for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • Mary Rowlandson, a woman whom had been held captive by Indians along with three of her children. She later went on to write A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, which Deliverance read aloud to Martha.
  • Mary Sibley, the aunt of Mary Walcott. While the Parris' were away, she instructed their slaves to make a "witch cake" which was supposed to reveal whom was ailing the Abigail Williams and Betty Parris. She later confessed her actions to Samuel Parris and was forgiven by the church.
  • Mary Walcott, a captain's daughter and the niece of Mary Sibley. In late March 1692, she became one of the "afflicted."
  • Mary Warren was a servant girl working for John and Elizabeth Proctor. In March 1692, she became one of the "afflicted." She later posted a notice that she was no longer "afflicted," before shortly saying that she saw Elizabeth Proctor's "specter."
  • Mehitabel "Hitty" Hall[8] (née Cooper) was the oldest daughter of Jones Darcy Cooper. She was married to Mr. Hall, a blacksmith whom operated the family's forge in their business.
  • Mercy Lewis, a servant working for the Putnams. She was from Maine. Mercy became one of the "afflicted" after Martha was brought to the Putnam house.
  • Reverend Nicholas Noyes, a minister whom presided over the trials.
  • Philip English, a wealthy merchant with a French accent. He was accused of witchcraft by Susannah Sheldon.
  • Rebecca "Becca" Cooper (born c. 1689)[9] was the daughter of Jones Darcy Cooper. She was noted for being able to count and read well from her young age.
  • Rebecca Nurse (died 1692),[2] the head matron of the prominent Nurse family. She was accused of witchcraft by Abigail Williams. Her sister Sarah Cloyse was also accused. After refusing to confess to witchcraft, Rebecca was sentenced to death.
  • Goodman Rich, the first husband of Martha Corey. They lived apart from each other for the last ten years of his life.
  • Robert Cooper, one of Jones Darcy Cooper's sons. He was described as "wheezy," hinting at him being sickly.
  • Widow Ruste was the cousin of Liv's mother. During King Philip's War, the Trembleys "took refuge" at her home in Hartford, Connecticut. After both of Liv's and Mem's parents had died, she took care of the girls until they were taken away by their uncle.
  • Samuel Baybrook, a man whom guarded Sarah Goode during her trial.
  • Reverend Samuel Parris was the minister of minister in Salem Village and the father of Elizabeth Parris.
  • Sarah Cloyse was Rebecca Nurse's sister. She was upset at Samuel Parris's sermon about witchcraft and stormed out of the church. Sarah was subsequently accused of being a witch.
  • Sarah Goode (died 1692)[2] was the wife of William, and mother of Dorcas. She came from a well-off family, but her father had remarried and Sarah received no inheritance. Due to her husband going bankrupt, Sarah was forced to go begging for food. The other villagers accused her of being a "witch." As such, she was among the first to be accused by the "afflicted" girls for "tormenting" them. Sarah was later executed for witchcraft. She also had an infant whom died while in prison.
  • Sarah Osborn (died 1692),[2] a Salem Village resident accused of being a witch by Elizabeth Hubbard. She was "sickly and frail," causing her to be bedridden. Sarah passed away in jail while awaiting trial.
  • Widow Shafflin, a Salem Village resident whose husband and child passed away from smallpox. Her taxes were abated by the selectmen.
  • Widow Sheldon was the mother of Susannah. Her husband passed away sometime in 1691. She often asked after Liv's and Mem's uncle and became suspicious of him never being home.
  • Stephen Sewall, the uncle of Betty Parris. In March 1693, Betty was sent to live with Stephen's family.
  • Susannah Sheldon was the best friend of Mem. They initially bonded over them both being born in Maine. In late 1691, her father passed away. As she and Mem loved gossiping, they spent a lot of time talking about the witch hunt. In late April 1692, Susannah was "afflicted" and began accusing several people of being witches.
  • Thomas Corey was the son of Martha and Giles Corey.
  • Tituba Indian[10] was an enslaved person owned by the Parris family. She and her husband John Indian came from Barbados, where the Parris's lived before coming to Massachusetts. Tituba was the first person the "afflicted" girls accused, claiming she tormented them with her "specter." During the examinations, Tituba confessed to speaking with the Devil and gave testimony against the other accused.
  • Goodwife Trembley was the stepmother of Benjamin, Remembrance, Deliverance, and the others. She married Mr. Trembley sometime after his first wife died. After her husband's death, she distracted a group of raiding Indians while Ben, Mem, and Liv hid the root cellar. She was captured and possibly taken to Canada.
  • Goodwife (died c. 1682)[1] and Mr. Trembley were the parents of Benjamin, Remembrance, Deliverance, and two other sons. She passed away when Deliverance was three. Liv often asked Mem to tell her stories of their mother, whom she described as having a "quick laugh," "soft voice," and "kind teachings." Mr. Trembley later remarried and moved his family to Maine. He died some years later from smallpox along with two of their sons.
  • Goodman Trembley[11] ("Uncle"; died 1691/92)[12] was Liv and Mem's uncle and legal guardian, being the brother of their deceased father. He mistreated his nieces, leading Liv to nickname him "Uncle Razor Strap" in her journal. In 1691, he joined a whaling ship for money and left his nieces alone for a long time. The ship never returned and Goodman Trembley was presumed deceased.
  • William Goode was the husband of Sarah, and the father of their children. He went bankrupt and lost his land, causing him to have to hire himself out as a laborer. William, therefore, was unable to house his family. When his wife was accused of being a witch, he spoke out against her.
  • Dr. William Griggs was the doctor of Salem Village. He was unable to diagnose Abigail Williams and Betty Parris's "affliction" and thus declared the "evil hand [was] on them."
  • Sir William Phips, the Royal Governor of Massachusetts Bay. After over twenty executions, he decided that spectral evidence should not be allowed in the trials.

Epilogue characters[]

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Valley of the Moon | Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | All the Stars in the Sky
Seeds of Hope | A Picture of Freedom | A Light in the Storm | When Will This Cruel War Be Over?
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly | The Great Railroad Race
Down the Rabbit Hole | Land of the Buffalo Bones | My Heart Is on the Ground | Behind the Masks
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A City Tossed and Broken | Hear My Sorrow | Voyage on the Great Titanic | A Time for Courage
When Christmas Comes Again | Like the Willow Tree | Color Me Dark | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Christmas After All | Survival in the Storm | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
My Secret War | Early Sunday Morning | The Fences Between Us | With the Might of Angels
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