Even if they are not guilty, they must hang. Our names are on the line.
This scene shows how John Proctor refused to sign the confession in order to save his pride. He knew if he signed it the court would post it on the church door for all to see, and he didn't want that to happen.
Lies and Deceit
She made me do it!!
This scene shows how the girls made stuff up in order to make the judges believe Mary Warren was a witch. They do this because Mary tells the judges all the girls are lying, which is true, but it could get Abby and the others in a lot of trouble or even hung.
This scene shows how Danforth and Hathorne refuse to take back the guilty verdicts. They do this because they know their names are on the line, and they do not want to be in trouble for making innocent people hang.
That's a whore's revenge!
You had an affair with Abby Proctor?
This scene shows where Abby lies and blames Tituba for witchcraft, even though Abby was willingly drinking blood, dancing, and naked around the fire in the woods. Abby does this in order to avoid punishment for trying to get rid of Elizabeth using witchcraft.
When John and Abby are alone together in Act I, it clear that Abby is lusting after John, because they had an affair. John does not want to continue, partly because Elizabeth found out about the affair.
No Abby! We are through!
I want you, John Proctor!
When John says “that’s a whore’s revenge” it is an example of revenge. He says that because Abigail stabbed herself with a needle and said that Elizabeth was the one who did it with her witch powers. Then, John tells the court about his affair to take revenge on Abby for trying to kill his wife.