A distracted person, by contrast, was anyone who "by the Providence of God, shall fall into distraction, and become Non compos mentis.
11) In England, married women, children, idiots and distracted persons were prohibited from transferring property out of their estates.
Children, Idiots, Distracted persons, and all that are strangers, or new commers to our plantation, shall have such allowances and dispensations in any Cause whether Criminall or other as religion and reason require.
Compare this passage of Parris' with the words of William Bates, English Puritan preacher, who denied the spirituality of both idiots and distracted persons.
This is not some token focus group or a distracted person
with five questions on a clipboard, but a months-long development process producing a real local vision.