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First Scene, Parris's daughter Betty is in a coma [Abigail, Parris, Betty]
Abigail:Uncle, the rumor of witchcraft is all about; I think you’d best go down and deny it yourself.
Parris: And what shall I say to them?That my daughter and niece I discovered dancing like heathen in the forest?!
Abigail: Uncle, we did dance; But they’re speakin’ of witchcraft; Betty’s not witched.
Next Scene, Proctor and Abigail are alone with Betty [Proctor, Abigail, Betty]
Proctor: The road past my house is a pilgrimage to Salem all morning.The town’s mumbling witchcraft.
Abigail: Oh posh! – We were dancing in the woods last night, and Uncle leaped in on us.She took fright, is all.
Proctor: Dancin’ by moonlight! You’ll be clapped in the stocks before you’re twenty.
Abigail: Give me a word John, a soft word.
Proctor: No – no, Abby, I’ve not come for that
Next scene, Reverend Hale arrives and questions Abigail [Abigail, Betty, Parris, Hale]
Abigail: I want to open myself! I want light of God. I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!
Betty: I saw George Jacobs with the Devil! I saw Goody Howe with the Devil!
Hale: Glory to God! – It is broken they are free!
Next Scene, Proctor arrives home [John, Elizabeth]
Proctor: I am wondering how I may prove what she has told me, Elizabeth.If the girl’s a saint now I think it is not easy to prove she’s fraud and the town gone so silly.She told it to me in a room alone – I have no proof of it.
Mary, the Proctor's servant enters
Mary: I made a gift for you today Goody Proctor. (Mary gives Elizabeth a doll)
Proctor: Mary.Is it true there be fourteen women arrested?
Mary: No, sir. There be thirty nine now…
Mary: I saved her life today!
Elizabeth: I am accused?
Mary: You are somewhat mentioned.
Elizabeth: Who accused me?
Mary: I am bound by law; I cannot tell it.
Elizabeth: John would you favor me with this? – Go to Abigail
Next Scene, enter Cheever
Cheever: Mister Proctor, I have little time … The court bid me search your house. So will you hand me any poppets that your wife may keep here.
Elizabeth: Oh – why this is Mary’s
Proctor: What signifies a poppet?
Cheever: Abigail Williams sat to dinner in Reverand Parris’ house [and] she [fell] to the floor. He goes to save her, and stuck two inches in the flesh of her belly he draw out a needle. She …testify it were your wifes familiar spirit pushed it in.
Proctor: It is your poppet, is it not?
Mary: It …is, sir.
Proctor: You’re coming to the court Mary. You will tell it to the court.
Mary: She’ll kill me for saying that! Abby’ll charge lechery on you, Mister Proctor!
Next Scene, Proctor is in the woods with Abby [Proctor, Abigail]
Proctor: She will not be condemned, Abby
Abigail: You brought me from my bed to speak of her
Proctor: If you do not free my wife tomorrow, I am set and bound to ruin you Abby
Abigail: What will you tell them? You will confess to fornication? In the court?
Proctor: If you will have it so, so I will tell it.
Later in court [Danforth,, Hale/Proctor/Mary are sitting together, Abigail]
Hale: I think you must hear the girl sir, she…
Proctor: She never saw no spirits
Mary: It were pretense
Abigail: Oh, Heavenly Father, take away this shadow
Proctor: Whore! How do you dare call Heaven!
Danforth: Man! What do you - ?
Proctor: It is a whore. I have known her, sir. I have …known her
Danforth: You…you are a lecher?
Proctor: She will deny it, but you will believe me, sir; a man…a man will not cast away his good name,
Danforth: Come here woman. (to Elizabeth) For what cause did you dismiss her? You will look in my eyes only and not at your husband.
Elizabeth: I came to think he fancied her.
Danforth: To our knowledge, has John Proctor ever committed the crime of lechery?
Elizabeth: No, sir
Proctor: Elizabeth, tell the truth Elizabeth! She only thought to save my name!
Abigail: You will not! Begone! Begone, I say!
Danforth: What is it child?
Abigail: Why do you come yellow bird?
Proctor: I see no bird!
Abigail: Oh Mary, this is a black art to change your shape. No I cannot stop my mouth; it is god’s work I do…
Mary: Abby, I’m here!
Abigail: Oh please, Mary! – Don’t come down…
Danforth: Have you ever compacted with the Devil? Have you?
Mary: never, never!
Proctor: Mary, tell the Governor what they…
Mary: You are the Devil’s man!
Danforth: He bid you do the Devil’s work?
Mary: I’ll murder you, he says, if my wife hangs! We must go and overthrow the court, he says…!
Danforth: Marshal, take him to the jail!
Next Scene, Proctor has been in prison for six months and Abigail has run away [Hale, Elizabeth, Danforth]
Hale: Goody Proctor, your husband is marked to hang this morning.
Elizabeth: I have heard it
Hale: I would save your husband’s life, for if he is taken I count myself his murderer. Do you understand me?
Elizabeth: What do you want of me?
Hale: Let you not mistake your duty as I mistook my own.Life, life is God’s most precious gift; no principle no matter how glorious may justify the taking of it.
Elizabeth: Let me speak with him
Next Scene, Elizabeth asks John to confess so that he won't be hanged [Elizabeth, John, Danforth, Hale, Parris]
Elizabeth: Let none be your judge, there be no higher judge under heaven than Proctor is!
Proctor: I want my life
Danforth: To your knowledge was Rebecca Nurse ever…?
Proctor: I speak my own sins, I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it
Hale: Excellency, it is enough he confess himself. Let him sign it, let him sign it…
Proctor: You have all witnessed it – it is enough
Hale: Man, you will hang!
Proctor: Pray god it speak some goodness for me.
Hale: Woman plead with him! It is pride, it is vanity.Be his helper! – what profit him to bleed? Go to him, take his shame away.
Elizabeth: He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him.
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