When the Court convened at Mrs. Eddy’s home at the time of the Next Friends’ Suit, when she was requested to appear, she delayed. The members of the household observed her walking the floor, working, and at times raising her arms as she worked. After a few moments she signified her readiness to go before the Court.
Later one asked her why she delayed. Her reply was, “Oh, I could not go in. There was a witness against me.” Mary Baker Eddy (Carpenter, Gilbert, Collectanea Of Items By and About Mary Baker Eddy, p.145)