let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.
Enter John Proctor
John, I am waiting for you every night
Abby, you‘ll put it out of mind. I‘ll not be comin‘ for you more. You know mebetter.
She threatens the other girls and says she will bring hell upon them if they told.
Enter Rebecca Nurse
Nay, this be due to some reasonable cause, not witchcraft
Is this due to witchcraft, Goody Nurse?
John Proctor and Abigail talk privately about their former relationship. Abigail worked as a servant in the Proctor home. Elizabeth Proctor was ill at the time and Abigail took on more responsibility within the Proctor household. When Elizabeth discovered the affair, she dismissed Abigail. During their discussion, Abigail becomes angry with Proctor because he refuses to acknowledge any feelings for her
End of Act 1
Betty wakes again and is hysterical. Rebecca Nurse is visiting the Parris household and calms her. Rebecca warns Parris that identifying witchcraft as the cause of Betty's illness will set a dangerous precedent and lead to further problems in Salem.