An old woman who sells stew
Mary is an old woman who supports herself by selling stew to the camp followers of Hugh Darry‘s army. On the fourteenth of Bloom she was accused by about two dozen men of witchcraft, on the grounds that her stew had made several of the men physicall ill. The crowd attacked Mary, but was interrupted by the arrival of Valon Sarqhardt. The confessor questioned the group and Mary, and determined that the men’s complaints were likely caused by rotten rabbit meat that Mary had placed in the stew. He gave a sermon to the crowd on the need for the Emperor’s faithful to stand together in trying times, and sent it on its way.