Scenario Act II
- Scene 1
Mother and rebellious son
Mary’s lively son Will, an organiser for the protests, enters and
keeps up the persuasive pressure. She is disturbed by their
conversation but seemingly unmoveable.
- Scene 2
Wife and a sad husband
William, her husband, arrives and theirs is a sad and emotional last
meeting. He, a leading Rhode Island official, is a steady Puritan,
sensitive and long-suffering, still in love with her. He too cannot
move her to accept reprieve and banishment, nor does he understand
her mindset, and he exits, angrily, leaving her weeping.
- Scene 3
Mary Dyer interrogated
It is the Governor’s house. Mary Dyer enters and Endecott and Norton
accuse and interrogate her. Insults and justifications fly around.
Previous incidents are recalled, the Hutchinson conflict of the
1630’s in particular. Peacemaker Winthrop, taking a larger view,
tries to steer agreement again towards banishment. Mary Dyer repeats
her demands for freedom of conscience and worship in the Colony, and
repeal of the laws which she sees as increasingly
and unjustly persecuting the Quakers. There is stalemate.
- Scene 4
The crowd threat grows
Outside, noise and protests break out . Stones and logs rain on the
roof and walls of the Governor’s house. Winston, without, is heard
again dispersing the crowd, but the son Will Dyer forces his way
into the Governor’s presence, anticipating his mother’s refusals to
recant and trying to save her life. She as well as the Governor turn
on him, and orders him out, she to avoid his arrest and banishment.
Winston grimly reminds him: saving her by force will not lead to the
repeal of the laws she seeks.
- Scene 5
Committed to be hanged
Winthrop the Younger tries again to shakes her set viewpoints, her
apparent dogma. She wants no thought of her release, until there is
repeal. She will obey “God’s leadings and what her conscience, her
understanding of natural law, tells her to do”. Endecott and Norton
say their consciences “will not allow this Colony” to bow before the
religious-mad Quakers. She berates them for their constant
narrow-mindedness. They remind her of this Colony’s successes from
nothing over 30 years: to which the upstart Quakers had contributed
nothing. Stalemate. Her death sentence is confirmed. She is
committed to be hanged
and led away by Winston.