Both Hale and Parris, both of high authority are discussing a fight that might have occured between Hale and the devil "Old Boy". The argument goes throughout the whole story without notice meaning that John Proctor had always disagreed with parris decision to send for Reverend Hale to investigate the use of witchcraft.
The Start Of It All
Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor argue with Putnam and Parris because Putnam thinks Betty is a form of Witchcraft. Rebecca says it will pass. Putnam says witchcraft killed his children. All this happening as Parris is trying to save Abigail as she pretends to see the devil.
Rev. Parris spots Tituba in the forest with her friends dancing at night. But first he had said he spotted his daughter, Betty, and his niece Abigail dancing like heathens in the woods and described how they were chanting weird stuff and "swaying like a dumb beast" all this happening ended causing or starting the witch hunts.
Marry Warren gives Elizabeth a poppet she made while in court which she had stuck needles in herself while in court. This doll later was a good piece of evidence so Proctor had to get Marry Warren to confess she had stuck the needles in herself or else Elizabeth would have been tried for witchcraft.
All the people who stayed to their roots and their beliefs were more than likely accused including, Tituba, Giles Corey, Martha Corey, Rabecca Nurse, Goody Osborne, and John Proctor.
John Proctor ever since the beginning was heated by this situation but it got to a point where it was to either save himself but give up his name as that is the only thing he has left, or he confessed and hung to save Elizabeth which is what he ended up doing.