Act one begins with Reverend Parris praying over her daughter, Betty Parris, who lies
unconscious on her bed. Through
conversations between Reverend Parris and his niece Abigail Williams, and between
several girls, the audience learns that these
girls, including Abigail and Betty, were engaged in occultic activities in the forest lead by
Tituba, Parris’ slave from Barbados.
Parris caught them and jumped from a bush startling the girls. Betty fainted and had not
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of his affair and tells his that he can do as he will. John
Proctor confesses that he is a witch, but
will not say the others are. After a few moments, Proctor is fed up with the court, tears
up his confession, and goes out to be
hanged with Rebecca Nurse. Hales pleads that Elizabeth ask Proctor to confess, but she
says, “He has his goodness now.
God forbid I take it from him!”