A large group of girls in the town sneak out of their homes in the middle of the night to dance in the woods around a fire. These actions were an abomination to the society, causing a witchcraft frenzy in Salem.
All the girls who danced in the woods that night created fake conspiracies against women like Sarah Good and Sarah Osbourne, women whom they did not like and framed them of being witches.
The purpose of the court is to confirm witchcraft for different women and to purge the town of witchery. The situation was an abomination and the town believed that the devil was among them, which was a formidable situation.
During the court, Abigail witnesses Mary Warren stitching a poppet for Elizabeth and stuck a needle in the abdomen for safe keeping. Afterwards, Abigail claimed that Elizabeth used witchcraft to stick a needle into her stomach (which was false as she put the needle in her own stomach) in hopes of Elizabeth being hanged.
It is brought to the attention of the court that Abigail was pregnant, therefore Judge Danforth and Hathorne reprieves her hanging until after the baby is delivered.
Elizabeth will not be hanged until after the delivery of the child
In the court, John Proctor, enraged, yelled at Abigail, calling her a whore and lept at her. He was infuriated by her actions and what was happening in the town at the time, causing contention in the court.