The Crucible: Act 1 The town is in a frenzy because they assume that their are witches in Salem. They are accusing Betty and Abigail of conjuring spirits and doing witchcraft. They also assume that their were more girls in the forest dancing with the devil. The reason they were in the Forrest was because Abigail was doing a charm to make Goody Proctor ill. She wants John proctor all to herself and the other girls were there conjuring dead sisters. The town was in a frenzy because Betty was pretending to be in coma and so was another girl. Now they are all facing being accused of witchcraft.
The town girls. Abigail was dancing around the fire and making charms to make goody proctor sick so that she could have John Proctor all to herself.
Betty was pretending she was ill because they were caught by the reverend. So in order to not deal with the punishment she decided to pretend she was in a coma.