The Crucible by Arthur MIller The Crucible takes place in colonial Salem, Mass. When two girls fall mysteriously ill, many people are accused of witch craft, arrested and killed.
Reputation In a small village where every one knows you, reputation is extremely important, especially to Rev. Paris who is not very liked in the town even though he is the reverend.
Why, I am sure it is, sir. There be no blush about my name.
Abigail, I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish, you compromise my very character. I have given you a home, child. I have put clothes upon your back—now give me an upright answer. Your name in the town—it is entirely white, is it not?
Goody Ann, it is a formidable sin to conjure up the dead! Woman!
Oh, I marvel how such a strong man may let such a sickly wife be— She is blackening my name in the village! She is telling lies about me! She is a cold, sniveling woman, and you bend to her! Let her turn you like a—
You'll speak nothin' of Elizabeth! Do you look for whippin'?
Parris is concerned about Abigail's reputation and accusations of witchcraft reflecting poorly on him
Reputation is just as important as it was then as it is now, it gets you places and allows you to do things that others can't do, but unfortunately, it can be stripped away very easily even by false accusations like witchcraft
Tituba knows how to speak to the dead, Mr. Parris. I take it on my soul, but who else may surely tell us what person murdered my babies?
Parris is solely concerned with his reputation, while Mrs. Putnam, a distraught woman, is only concerned about getting justice for her dead babies.
Abigail accuses Elizabeth Proctor of ruining her reputation, but John Proctor will not allow her to sully his wife's name