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Significant Quotes

Commentary/Questions about Quotes

1. Parris: I have fought here This quote tells me how Parris feels three long years to bend about his parishioners. He must not these stiff-necked people think too highly of them. to me . . . 2. Abigail: we did dance, uncle, and when you leaped out of the bush so suddenly, Betty was frightened and then she fainted. And theres the whole of it. 3. Proctor: Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before Ill ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of your mind. We never touched, Abby. Act 2 1. Proctor: Spare me! You forget nothin and forgive nothin. Learn Charity, woman. After reading this, I wonder why Abigail couldnt just tell her uncle the truth. He could have just kept it a secret between them and they could have come up with something that wouldnt have caused so much trouble together.

Act 1

I can tell that John is trying to be a good husband and start fresh. Abby cant seem to move on, she still has feeling for him and it angers her to see that he wants to be with Elizabeth only.

Again, John expresses that he wants to start fresh and be with only one woman but now his wife is the one who wont let him forget his past. He wishes that she would act like a true Christian and forgive and forget. John tries to cite the Ten Commandments to Hale, yet he forgets the one about adultery. Does the author pick this because he didnt follow this one or was it just a coincidence? Hale talks about how the others confessed to witchcraft so that means that Abigail would have been participating in witchcraft as well. The girls would have had to admit it, regardless of if it is true or not, because

2. Proctor, lost: Aye. He is flailing for it. Elizabeth, delicately: Adultery, John.

3. Hale: Nonsense! Mister, I have myself examined Tituba, Sarah, Good, and numerous others that have confessed to dealing with the devil. They have

confessed it. 1. Proctor: II have no love for Mr. Parris. It is no secret. But God I surely love.

if they deny it they would be hanged. I feel like the more that John is honest the more he gets in trouble. While he doesnt enjoy the way that Parris teaches, he still makes time for God. The people dont think thats enough. John has a big heart. He is risking a lot by trying to save his wife from death; and when he begins to accomplish that he risks even more by trying to save the others. He doesnt think about who is going to save him. When Proctor confesses to lechery, he seems so mad at Abigail for what she has done. He doesnt care that he had feeling for her in the past because now he just wants justice; even if it means that he ruins his name and reputation.

2. Proctor: These are my friends. Their wives are also accused --Act 3

3. Proctor: A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. I beg you, sir, I beg you--see her what she is.

Act 4

1. Hale, coming to Danforth Although Hale feels that letting the now: You must pardon seven others go because they wont them. They will not budge. change their answer and confess, Herrick enters, waits. Danforth is smarter than that and Danforth, conciliatory: realizes that its not fair at all to do this. you misunderstand, sir; I If they were to let them go, the people cannot pardon these when would go crazy because some of their twelve are already hanged loved ones were executed when it was for the same crime. It is not necessary. not just. 2. Danforth, going to her: As Elizabeth is assured that what she are you stone? I tell you has heard of her husbands death is true, true, woman, had I no there isnt any physical emotion shown. other proof of your Danforth is so angered to see that there unnatural life, your dry isnt a single tear rolling down her eyes now would be cheeks. He even accuses her of selling sufficient evidence that her soul to the Devil. What was the you delivered up your soul purpose of her not crying or showing to Hell! A very ape would any emotion of sadness towards the

weep at such calamity! Have the Devil dried up any tear of pity in you? She is silent. 3. Proctor--- he knows it is insane: No, it is not the same! What others say and what I sign to is not the same!

death of her husband?

Johns conscience plays a big burden on him in this part of the story. If he signs he is free, but what he taught his children will be hypocrisy. Because all John cares about is his name, he is willing to confess in person but not on paper; if it is on paper it will haunt him for years to come and the people in his community will not forget it. He tries not to judge the other or lie and confess but the thought of being a free man almost got the best of him. When he decides that its unethical to confess to something that isnt true, he dies with some good left in him.