Maybe she doesn’t have any of her own. Or maybe hers all died. Who knows? But she’s definitely prone to paying too much attention to your kids. Maybe she wants to give them plums and entice them to come live with her. Maybe she insists on helping out with them when they get sick, and comes by even when you don’t want her to. See above.
No longer young enough to be beautiful, but not old enough to be venerable, women at middle age are in their peak risk years for temptation into witchery. She’s somewhere between 40 and 60, and so she should be a pillar of the community, head of her own family, active at church, involved in supporting her husband’s work. If she’s alone, or didn’t get elected to full church membership, you should be suspicious.
Is she quick to anger?
Has she ever attacked a constable for no reason? Has she been known to scream at people and call them whoremasterly rogues? Have you seen her hunch someone of quality with her elbow? Inappropriate anger is a definite warning sign. Women should really be able to keep it together no matter what.
Has she stopped going to church?
She might try to offer an excuse, such as being dressed only in rags. Maybe she’s too busy romancing her former indentured servant. In any case, she’s supposed to be at church with everyone else, for all eight hours. If she’s not, it could be because she’s too tired from attending witches’ sabbaths and drinking red wine in the rye field behind the minister’s house.
Has she’s threatened you — and then it totally came true?
Remember that one time she came over to borrow some butter, and you sent her away? She’s SO annoying, always asking for things, isn’t she? Anyway. So remember how when she went away, she was muttering under her breath, and she said you’d regret not giving her any butter? And remember how later that same evening, the butter wouldn’t come? Yeah. That happened. Just saying.