Rev. Parris accuses his daughter, Abigail, of witchcraft, after finding her dancing in the forest at night with Tituba, their slave, and other girls from the village. He worries his position will be lost if the villagers find out about it.
Parris: "And what shall I say to them? That my daughter and my niece I discovered dancing like heathens in the forest?
Thomas Putnam, an enemy of Parris, accuses the girls of witchcraft and threatens to expose them to the town. Parris refuses to acknowledge witchcraft as a possibility until he gets the opinion of a Reverend Hale, an expert on witchcraft.
I'll lead them in psalm,but let you say nothing of witchcraft yet. I will not discuss it. The cause is yet unknown.
Away from the crowd, Abigail confronts the girls, and threatens them if they tell the truth of what happened in the forest, revealing she drank blood in an attempt to kill Goody Proctor. Meanwhile, Abby meets with John Proctor, who had an affair with her.
Proctor: "Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby." Abigail: "Aye, but we did." Proctor: "Aye, But we did not."
Reverend Hale arrives and questions Parris, Rebecca Nurse, and Proctor about the happenings in town. Others, including Giles Corey and Goody Putnam, interject to inquire about more cases of possible witchcraft.
We cannot look to superstition in this. The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone...
Abigail claims Tituba is responsible for witchcraft and for Betty's sickness. Abby leaves out that she asked Tituba to do it for her, and when Tituba says this, Abby refuses. Hale and Parris force Tituba to repent.
After Tituba repents, Abigail pretends to repent as well, claiming to have seen various townspeople with the devil. The girls join in, and Betty awakes to join in as well.
"I saw Goody Siber with the Devil! I saw Alice Barrow with the Devil! I saw Goody Hawkins with the Devil!"