Proctor critizes parris for preaching about money instead of god
The Girls were caught dancing in the woods
ABIGAIL, with a bitter anger: Oh, I marvel how such a strong man may let such a sickly wife be—
PROCTOR, angered at himself as well: You'll speak nothing' of Elizabeth!
ABIGAIL: She is blackening my name in the village! She is telling lies about me! She is a cold, sniveling woman
Betty Parris - Reverend Parris's ten-year-old daughter. Betty falls into a strange stupor after Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the forest with Tituba. Her illness and that of Ruth Putnam fuel the first rumors of witchcraft. Martha Corey - Giles Corey's third wife.
The Putnams were a major family in Salem and were strong supporters of Parris. Their support of Parris was a part of a social conflict between the Putnams and the Porters who wanted to force Parris out of town. This social conflict was most likelya major cause of the witch hysteria that broke out in Salem.
Why are you lieing Abigail?
Abigail Williams and John Proctor are ex-lovers. We discover in the first act of The Crucible by Arthur Miller that the two of them had an affair. Abigail was the Proctor's servant girl, and it was, at least according to her, a very intense affair.
Abigail lies to conceal her affair, and to prevent charges of witchcraft. In order to avoid severe punishment for casting spells and adultery — not to mention attempted murder when she plots Elizabeth's death — Abigail shifts the focus away from herself by accusing others of witchcraft. This desperate act of self-preservation soon becomes Abigail's avenue of power.
Parris, distraught and troubled because he knows that Abigail has not been entirely truthful regarding her activities in the woods, confronts Abigail. Parris says that he saw her and Betty dancing "like heathen[s]," Tituba moving back and forth over a fire while mumbling unintelligibly, and an unidentified female running naked through the forest. Abigail denies that she and the other girls were participating in witchcraft, but Parris suspects she is lying.