During the 1800s, a young girl named Abigail Williams accused many of being acquainted which went to far.
Confessing to a false accusation will ruin any ones reputation. Which is why a majority of characters wouldn't confess to which craft, even if it would save their lives. Giles Corey, John Proctor, and Elizabeth Proctor
OK WHO MICROWAVED FISH THIS AFTERNOON!?!?!?
On page 135, Elizabeth updates John of the well being of all their neighbors. John asks about Giles and she reveals that the court crushed him to death because we wouldn't speak. The only two words muttered during the time of his execution were "more...weight"
HAHAHA that's weird I have NO idea
Maybe tuna WAS a bad idea...
During John's court hearing RIGHT BEFORE his execution (143), he signs the paper, but then refuses to hand it over because he's not wiling to sacrifice his name to the court.
On page 113, Danforth brought Elizabeth into the court along with her husband John. John swears that she can never tell a lie, so when he accuses Abigail of being a "harlot" and that they had relations, They brought Elizabeth in to see if he's being honest. Naturally Elizabeth lies for her husbands sake.
People will lie all the time in today's world to save their good name. Take this for example. This guy microwaved his tuna in the microwave today (which is a BIG nono) and now everyone is trying to figure out who is was.