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SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY: MRS. MERRITT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Silent before the jury
Last Line: Carried me out in a coffin.
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


SILENT before the jury,
Returning no word to the judge when he asked me
If I had aught to say against the sentence,
Only shaking my head.
What could I say to people who thought
That a woman of thirty-five was at fault
When her lover of nineteen killed her husband?
Even though she had said to him over and over,
"Go away, Elmer, go far away,
I have maddened your brain with the gift of my body:
You will do some terrible thing."
And just as I feared, he killed my husband;
With which I had nothing to do, before God!
Silent for thirty years in prison!
And the iron gates of Joliet
Swung as the gray and silent trusties
Carried me out in a coffin.





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