Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again.
Reputation and Integrity
But if you trafficked with sprits in the forest I must know it now, for surly my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it.
Abigail stabs herself, so she can put the blame on Elizabeth. Then, she can have John Procter.
Lies and Deceit
Is your Husband a Leacher?
John wants to do the right thing and be with his wife, instead of being with Abigail.
Betty's flying?! It's the devil's work!
Since he is a Reverend, Parris doesn't want people to judge him if his daughter is believed to be a witch. He does not want to get fired or attacked. He does not want his reputation ruined.
I want golden candle sticks!
Elizabeth lied about the affair between John and Abigail. Therefore, John was arrested and Abigail left town.
In Act 0ne: Mrs. Putnam spreads rumors about Betty Parris flying over the barn. "Why, it's sure she did. Mr.Collins saw her goin' over Ingersoll's barn, and come down light as bird, he says!"
Act 2: Proctor says he doesn't go to church because his wife has been sick and he doesn't agree with Parris. He describes about Parris being greedy and wanting golden candlesticks. "But Parris came, and for 20 week he preach nothing' but golden candlesticks until he had them."