The opening scene of the story in which Reverend Parris’s daughter, Betty, is unconscious in bed. Parris is told by Susanna that the cause of Betty’s illness could be unnatural. He also confronts Abigail about what he saw the girls doing in the woods with Tituba. Mrs. Putnam states that she believes her babies were murdered
Abigail and Mercy try to wake Betty. The townspeople believe that the sick girls were that way because of witchcraft. When Betty wakes, she accuses Abigail of not admitting to her actions in the woods. Abigail threatens Mary, Mercy, and Betty about what to say when they are questioned because she is afraid that the town will label them witches.
Abigail and John Proctor are left alone in the room where Betty lay unconscious. John asks if Abigail had anything to do with Betty’s sickness, but she denies it and admits that she and the other girls danced in the woods. Abigail thinks that John came to talk to her, but he denies it and says that their affair was over. Abigail still believes that John loves her, even though he won’t admit it to himself.
Elizabeth tells John that their servant, Mary Warren, has been in Salem all day. John becomes angry because he told Mary Warren not to go to Salem. Elizabeth tells John that Mary Warren has been named an official of the court. Elizabeth tells John that he must go to Salem and reveal that Abigail is a fake. John hesitates and then reveals that he cannot prove what Abigail said because they were alone when they talked.
Mary Warren returns to the Proctor house. Proctor is furious that she has been in Salem all day, but Mary Warren tells him she will be gone every day because she is an official of the court. Mary Warren gives Elizabeth a poppet that she made while in court. Mary Warren tells Elizabeth and Proctor that thirty-nine people are in jail, and Goody Osburn will hang because she did not confess to witchcraft. Mary Warren states that Elizabeth was accused, but she defended Elizabeth and the court dismissed the accusation. Elizabeth believes that Abigail truly wants to get rid of her so she can be with John.
Ezekiel Cheever and Marshal Herrick arrive at the Proctor house with a warrant for Elizabeth's arrest. Cheever discovers the poppet that Mary Warren made for Elizabeth, and he finds a needle inside the doll. Cheever tells Proctor and Hale that Abigail has charged Elizabeth with attempted murder. Mary tells them that she made the poppet in court and Abigail sat next to her as she made it. John wants Mary to testify in court against Abigail, but Mary says that she knew about his and Abigail’s affair.