[Shawn Ogg] kept repeating, "They just laughed and stabbed her. She didn't even try to run away. It was like they were playing."
"Yes, there’d been a lot of witches in them days. Too many women found an empty cradle, or a husband that never came home from the hunt. Had been the hunt." — In short, the witches hinted at in other parts of the book, who had 'minds like iron' (impervious to the glamour) and had originally driven back the elves, were otherwise ordinary women who had lost their husbands and children in the reign of terror.