The Salem Times

Salem, Massachusetts in 1692

Accused of Witchcraft?

In the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, the town minister, Reverend Parris, discovers his daughter Betty, niece Abigail, and other girls dancing in the forest with his slave Tituba. Rumors of witchcraft spread through the town and a crowd gathers at Parris's house while Parris, nervous about his reputation, questions Abigail about what the girls were doing in the forest. Eight days later, Proctor and his wife Elizabeth discuss the many people who have been charged with witchcraft by a court presided over by the deputy governor of the province. Elizabeth wants Proctor to expose Abigail as a fraud, but she suspects Proctor may still have feelings for the girl. As Proctor angrily denies it, Hale arrives to investigate the Proctors.

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Abigail and 3 others in fear.

Once they're alone, Proctor demands that Mary expose the other girls as frauds and promises to confront Abigail if he must. Proctor reveals his affair with Abigail to show that she's dishonest. To test Proctor's claim, Deputy Governor Danforth calls out Elizabeth, who Proctor says will never lie. When asked if Proctor had an affair with Abigail, Elizabeth denies it to protect her husband's honor. A few days before Proctor and many others are scheduled to hang, Abigail steals money from Parris and vanishes.
Danforth does allow Elizabeth, who's pregnant and therefore safe from hanging, to talk to Proctor. Parris runs off to calm the crowd, and a local farmer named John Proctor winds up alone with Abigail. Abigail tells Proctor there was no witchcraft, and insists Proctor still loves her. Proctor, guilt-ridden over the affair, tells her it's over. Reverend Hale, a noted investigator of witchcraft, arrives, and Proctor, Rebecca Nurse, and Giles Corey leave.