In Salem, Massachusetts, Reverend Parris is angry at Abigail, his niece, for dancing in the forest in the middle of the night with other girls and his slave, which could threaten his reputation. After Parris leaves, Abigail threatens the other girls if they dare to say anything.
The Crucible Act 1
“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” (1104).
Reverend Parris; is a reverend in Salem and does not believe in witchcraft though his daughter was seen along with other youngs in the forest dancing; denies witchcraft ; Reverend is scared that his reputation will be ruined due to accusations of witchcrafts
Abigail Williams; Reverend's niece, lost her job, lured Reverend's daughter and other youngs to the forest, ended up drinking blood; made a ritual to kill Goody Proctor; scared the youngs the day after their visit to the forest, threatened the youngs that if they ever spoke about anything that happened that night, they will suffer
“And mark this. 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” (1108).