|“||But what is a surer sign of a world turned upside-down than a world with a woman on top? We have utterly upended the most fundamental principle of how things are to be, which is led by men.||”|
— Hathorne speech at the meetinghouse
Mr. Wendell Hathorne was one of the prominent citizens of Salem, Massachusetts. He was a member of the selectmen and later magistrate, replacing the role belonged to the late John Hale. His ruthless façade, however, hides a submissive personality. He was tied to two dominant women, Countess Von Marburg and Mercy Lewis.
He's a recurring character portrayed by the actor Jeremy Crutchley.
Almost nothing is known of his early life. He was born in the Carolinas, where his family owned land and in an unspecified time in his life he moved to Salem. Definitely grown in the most rigid Puritanical dictates, he revealed to have never tolerated Magistrate Hale's policy, considering it too liberal. In addition, Mr. Hathorne has always secretly envied Magistrate Hale's social position and wealth.
Selectman of Salem, Mr. Hathorne is a man who embodies the quintessence of Puritanism. Misogynist, contemptuous of those who do not conform to his ideal of conduct, looks like a true religious fanatic who attributes the origin of the disease to a divine punishment. Hathorne is also a hypocrite manipulator, greedy for wealth and lust, who indulges in comments and sexual innuendo in conversation with his friends at the tavern. Hathorne is also an expert orator, able to enchant the crowd with his speeches steeped with biblical references.
A tall man with a clear complexion and iron-gray hair. Dressed in black from head to toe, wearing leather gloves and carrying a walking cane while it is clear that he has no problem to walk without the support of the cane.
Throughout the Salem Series
- Main article: Mercy and Hathorne
|“||We must begin as we mean to continue. On your knees.||”|
— Mercy to Hathorne
|“||I am not your enemy. But make me one, and you shall feel my fury.||”|
— Mary to Mr. Hathorne
|“||As wife of the magistrate, no one would dare accuse you. But if you rebuff my overture, I can do nothing to protect you.||”|
— Mr. Hathorne threatens Anne
- Mr. Hathorne: God has given us a clear sign that we have offended him. A pox on all our houses. Now we must do whatever is necessary to win back the Lord's favor. I am quite certain what God is most displeased with. But what is a surer sign of a world turned upside-down than a world with a woman on top? We have utterly upended the most fundamental principle of how things are to be, which is led by men. Men of property, men of substance, men of godly goodwill. But above all, by men.
- — Cry Havoc
- Mr. Hathorne: I suggest you start attending to some duties more suited to your gender. What is it, Mary, that gives you such brash confidence to reach so far beyond your station? You are the Delilah in our midst.
- Mary Sibley: A strong woman is no more to fear than a strong man.
- — From Within
- Mr. Hathorne: You cannot hide behind your husband anymore, Mary Sibley.
- Mary Sibley: I am not your enemy. But make me one, and you shall feel my fury.
- — From Within
- Mr. Hathorne: Surely God does not intend his flock to perish at the hands of devil worshipers and plague. Instead, I believe these are omens sent from the Almighty to tell us we must all leave Salem to continue our exodus south to the Carolinas, to a land which was settled and owned by my family for two generations, where the soil is fertile, where a Puritan man may plant his seed and watch his family grow. Our promised land awaits. And so, humbly, I stand before you, divinely called to be your Moses and lead you there! George Sibley was a giant in his day, but the sun has set on that day. And if it is not to set on all our days, we must have a new leader. I ask you this simple question did God intend you to be led to the true promised land by a man who cannot even walk?
- — The Wine Dark Sea
- Mr. Hathorne: I am your humble servant.
- Countess Von Marburg: Humility is such an overrated virtue. And there is no dishonor in being a servant if one serves the right master.
- Mr. Hathorne: Or Mistress.
- Countess Von Marburg: Would you like that, to truly serve a mistress such as I?
- Mr. Hathorne: I can think of no greater pleasure.
- Countess Von Marburg: The quality one most seeks in a servant is loyalty. One cannot serve two masters, nor two mistresses.
- — Til Death Do Us Part
- Mr. Hathorne: I ask only to be allowed to worship at your feet.
- Countess Von Marburg: Oh, that's a very good place to start. Depending on how well you worship, we will see how far you may ascend.
- — Til Death Do Us Part
- Mr. Hathorne: Pride goeth before a fall! How far indeed this Jezebel has fallen! From first wife of Salem to painted whore! Now, now! Did she kill George Sibley? No! But as his life force dimmed, she forced our founder to watch as she entertained her lovers in his own marital bed! And when our last founder finally mercifully passed to Heaven, one can only imagine how she and that corpse-botherer, Dr. Wainwright, disposed of the body. Leaving so many questions. Where is Dr. Wainwright? Fled in shame? And how many other men did this siren lure into Mr. Sibley's bed? As magistrate, I hereby strip you of all your ill-gotten gains. Indeed, of the very name Sibley itself. What, then, shall we call you? Mary Walcott? No, I would not demean your father's name and memory. No, with no man's name, you will just be plain Mary, like the plain, worthless woman you are.
- — On Earth as in Hell
- Mr. Hathorne: Even the village idiot knows a harlot when he sees one. In time, some poor man may be willing to ignore your transgressions and marry you. Decades of toil await you. Toil and, if you're lucky, the birthing of brats, one of which will likely kill you during labor.Hm.In the meantime, that most generous of gentlewomen, the Countess Marburg, has put up a bond of surety for your release. Use your freedom of movement wisely, Mary. Or it'll be the gallows next time.
- — On Earth as in Hell
|Book of Shadows||Appears|
|The Wine Dark Sea||Appears|
|Ill Met by Moonlight||Appears|
|The Beckoning Fair One||Appears|
|Wages of Sin||Appears|
|Til Death Do Us Part||Appears|
|On Earth as in Hell||Appears|
|Midnight Never Come||Appears|
|The Witching Hour||Absent|
|After the Fall||Appears|
|The Heart Is A Devil||Appears|
|Night's Black Agents||Appears|
|The Commonwealth of Hell||Appears|
|The Man Who Was Thursday||Appears|
- Wendell: From a surname which was derived from the given name Wendel, an old short form of Germanic names beginning with the element Wandal meaning "a Vandal". The Vandals were a Germanic tribe who invaded Spain and North Africa in the 5th century. The tribal name was later applied to other groups such as the Wends, a Slavic people living between the Elbe and the Oder.
- Hathorne, is a surname denoting someone who lives by a bush or hedge of hawthorn, occasionally used as a first name. Nathaniel Hawthorne, an American novelist from Salem, is a famous bearer of the surname. The American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–64) was a direct descendant of Major William Hathorne, one of the English Puritans who settled in MA in 1630, and whose son John Hathorne was one of the judges in the Salem witchcraft trials. The writer’s father was a sea captain, as was his grandfather, the revolutionary war hero Daniel Hathorne (1731–96). The spelling of the surname was altered by the novelist. It is not clear whether there is a radical difference between the words Hawthorne and Hathorne since they are homophones; in the script of the show is nonetheless used the second one.
Status and Rank
- Treasurer: appointed to administer or manage the financial assets and liabilities of Salem. It is unclear if he still holds this role after he was elected magistrate, almost certainly not.
- Selectman: Hathorne is one of the inner circle members of Puritan selectmen, whose task is to administer justice for the community and guide it.
- Magistrate: a civil officer or lay judge who administers the law, especially one who conducts a court that deals with minor offenses and holds preliminary hearings for more serious ones. Hathorne gets this position following the death of John Hale, the former magistrate in charge, and that of Alexander Corwin, selectmen proposed for candidacy.
- This Salem's character is probably based on John Hathorne due to his role as leading judge in the Witch Trials.
- Mr. Hathorne has appeared in every episode since his first appearance, except two. This makes him the recurring character with most appearances on the show.
- Brannon Braga & Adam Simon (writer) & Nick Copus (director). July 13, 2014. "Cry Havoc". Salem. Season 2. Episode 1. WGN.
- Brannon Braga & Adam Simon (writer) & Nick Copus (director). November 2, 2016. "After the Fall". Salem. Season 3. Episode 1. WGN.
- Adam Simon (writer) & Tim Andrews (director). November 9, 2016. "The Heart Is A Devil". Salem. Season 3. Episode 2. WGN.
- Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson (writer) & Wayne Yip (director). November 16, 2016. "The Reckoning". Salem. Season 3. Episode 3. WGN.
- Brannon Braga & Adam Simon (writer) & Joe Dante (director). November 30, 2016. "Night's Black Agents". Salem. Season 3. Episode 4. WGN.
- Adam Simon (writer) & Nick Copus (director). December 7, 2016. "The Commonwealth of Hell". Salem. Season 3. Episode 5. WGN.
- Adam Simon & Donna Thorland (writer) & Peter Weller (director). December 14, 2016. "Wednesday's Child". Salem. Season 3. Episode 6. WGN.
- Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders (writer) & Jennifer Lynch (director). January 4, 2017. "The Man Who Was Thursday". Salem. Season 3. Episode 7. WGN.
- Adam Simon & Donna Thorland (writer) & Nick Copus (director). January 11, 2017. "Friday's Knights". Salem. Season 3. Episode 8. WGN.
- Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders (writer) & Jennifer Lynch (director). January 18, 2017. "Saturday Mourning". Salem. Season 3. Episode 9. WGN.
- Adam Simon (writer) & Brannon Braga (director). January 25, 2017. "Black Sunday". Salem. Season 3. Episode 10. WGN.