Cheever, Hathorne, Paris, and Danforth are sitting in a room talking about the state their town has been left in. Paris tells them that Abigail and Mary Warren left town. It's ironic that he doesn't realize why. They talk about how a rebellion might start if people continue to hang. They come up with an idea to get John Proctor to confess to the indictment of witchcraft so others will come forward.
Paris Convinces Elizabeth to talk to Proctor about confessing. It's ironic that Elizabeth still does what they stay after how they've treated her.
Elizabeth is able to convince John to confess. John figures he's already a sinner and falsely confessing to save his life can't hurt his eternal soul that much more.
John Proctor confesses and they believe every word of it. Proctor is already upset for going against his values so when they ask him to sign his name he gets frustrated. But with some convincing he begrudgingly signs it.
Proctor then all of a sudden rips the Document in half. He screams "I have given you my soul, why must you take my name?". Proctor sealed his own fate but helped end the witch hunt.
Proctor was sent to the gibbet later that day along with Martha Corey and Rebecca Nurse.