I don't want your pie in the sky when I die. I want my pie now! And I prefer to have a meat pie!
— Mrs Stoughton to Cotton Mather

Mrs Stoughton is a cannibal witch, and widower of the late William Stoughton. She is a guest character in the third season of Salem portrayed by actress Meagen Fay.

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Bostonian and former puritan, Mrs. Stoughton and her husband made a deal with the Devil when they both moved to the countryside. She belonged to the parish of Increase Mather, and took part to Cotton Mather's graduation party.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Mrs Stoughton is an eccentric witch with cannibalistic inclinations. Contrary to what one might expect from a Puritan woman, she is generous and affectionate with her husband and her familiar, under the guise of a little white poodle. Mrs Stoughton is prone to easily get excited and, thrilled by the excitement, seems to be unable to grasp the meaning of certain actions, showing a reckless impulsiveness. In spite of this, the witch is aware of the identity of the Dark Lord and his Fallen Angels, as well as a general smattering of the history of witchcraft.

Physical Appearance[edit | edit source]

A middle-aged woman with a facial at heart, blue eyes and reddish brown hair in a bun under the black bonnet combined with an austere dress, perfect for camouflage as a Puritan woman.

Throughout the Salem series[edit | edit source]

When the Dark Lord puts a price on the head of Cotton Mather fleeing in Salem's neighboring woods, Mr and Mrs Stoughton stumble accidentally into the Reverend, risking almost to run him over with their wagon. Being old family friends, Cotton asks for their help to reach Boston. Mrs. Stoughton takes advantage from Cotton's conversation with her husband to put him under a sleeping spell.

When Cotton wakes up, he finds himself tied to a kitchen table. Appalled for discovering that old family friends have sold themselves to the Devil, Cotton is scolded by Mrs Stoughton. She claims that the Bible is good for the city life, but when one lives in the countryside is the Moon that one must answer. After sending William to pretend he is looking for Cotton along with the other witches, Mrs Stoughton starts to oil Cotton's chest. She is planning to cut him to pieces, and cook him into a pie for the Devil. Meanwhile, the two have a theological conversation on the eternal soul. According to Cotton, a single and sincere good deed can still save her from perdition. She retorts she is having no mention of God in her house. He's distant and left them naked and alone in “wretched Eden”. It was the Fallen Angels who gifted them humans with fire, knowledge, and skills. So they rejoice to the return of the Dark Lord.

Mr Stoughton comes back just as his wife is about to strike the first stab. Mrs Stoughton explains her intentions, but her husband advises her against in order to avoid angering their Dark Lord. After all, He wants Cotton alive. Mrs Stoughton is not on the same page and as the spouses bicker m, the Reverend takes his only chance at getting free. He stabs the man and throws the familiar dog into the fireplace before running away, leaving Mrs Stoughton in great despair.[1]

Powers and Abilities[edit | edit source]

Mrs Stoughton claims to be able to understand the language of animals, in particular that of Little Lady, her familiar under the guise of a little white poodle.

Memorable Quotes[edit | edit source]

Mr Stoughton: He don't understand the speech of animals.
Cotton Mather: Speech of animals!?
Mrs Stoughton: Oh, the little darling. She says she's just been biting your father's burning balls in Hell.
Night's Black Agents
Mrs Stoughton: Your father's sermons were fine for city folk, but once you dedicate yourself to reaping and sowing, it's the voice of the moon you hear. And it tells a different tale.
Night's Black Agents
Mrs Soughton: Oh, well, if it was up to your God, we would all be naked and ignorant in wretched Eden. Who clothed us? Who taught us to till the soil? Who gave us the gift of fire that transforms animals into meat and grain into bread? Your God? No.'Twas our Dark Lord and his Fallen Angels. It is to them we owe all that we are. He is coming to claim his kingdom. And we rejoice.
Night's Black Agents
Mr Stoughton: Stop, my dear! Our Dark Lord wants him greatly, but he insists on having him alive...
Mrs Stoughton: Alive? But he will taste horrid alive.
Mr Stoughton: I'm not sure he intends on eating him.
Mrs Stoughton: Not eat him? Nonsense. Surely as soon as the Dark Lord tastes my dish, he will give us even more!
Mr Stoughton: Very risky, my dear. Very risky.
Mrs Stoughton: William, are you questioning my cooking?
Mr Stoughton: Of course not, but we mustn't risk angering him. You saw what he did to that Essex hag.
Mrs Stoughton: Are you calling me a hag now?
Night's Black Agents

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Brannon Braga & Adam Simon (writer) & Joe Dante (director). November 30, 2016. "Night's Black Agents". Salem. Season 3. Episode 4. WGN.

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