The rumor that Betty is the victim of witchcraft is running rampant in Salem. Parris berates his niece, Abigail Williams, because he discovered her, Betty, and several other girls dancing in the forest in the middle of the night with his slave, Tituba.
Ezekiel Cheever and Herrick, the town marshal, arrive with a warrant for Elizabeth’s arrest. Mary testifies that she and the other girls were only pretending to be afflicted by witchcraft. Proctor claims that Abigail wants Elizabeth to hang so that she can take her place in his home.
Hale begs the men to pardon the prisoners because the prisoners will not confess. Danforth replies that pardons will cast doubt not only on the guilt of the seven remaining prisoners but also on that of the twelve who have hanged already.Elizabeth tells Proctor that almost one hundred people have confessed to witchcraft.