Reverend Parris is with his sick daughter Betty. We meet the girls who begin the witchcraft rumors, who had been seen dancing in the woods with a slave named Tituba. One of the girls, Abigail, who had an affair with a townsman, John Proctor, had tried to use witchcraft to harm his wife.
John Proctor's guilt over his affair with Abigail is demonstrated through an ironic exchange with Reverend Hale. When Hale asks him to recite his commandments, the only one he forgets is adultery. Also puts half the town in trail.
Three men, including John Proctor, go to the court in an effort to reason with the judge about the charges against their wives. Marry Warren accompanies them and tells the judge she and all the others were only pretending to see spirits and know about witchcraft.
Parris arrives at the meeting, he explains that Hale is trying to get the prisoners to confess to their crimes rather than lose their lives needlessly
Fever of witch hunting eventually dies down in Salem. Reverend Parris is voted out of office and is never seen again. Elizabeth Proctor marries again four years after John's death.