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Abby, we’ve got to tell. Witchery's a hangin' error, a hangin' like they done in Boston two year ago! We must tell the truth, Abby! You'll only be whipped for dancin', and the other things!
Deputy Govenor Danfort
I tell you straight, Mister—I have seen marvels in this court. I have seen people choked before my eyes by spirits; I have seen them stuck by pins and slashed by daggers. I have until this moment not the slightest reason to suspect that the children may be deceiving me. Do you understand my meaning?
Mary Warren is the new servant to Elizabeth and John Proctor. She is a timid girl who is easily influenced by her friends, especially Abby, who she is extremely afraid of. She wants to tell the truth, believing it would them in less trouble. When she wants to speak her mind and tell the truth, she is pressured by Abby and gives in, afraid to be accused and killed. She then turns on John Proctor, the man that she told the truth to and accuses him of witchcraft, trying to push her to go with the devil.
Deputy Governor Danforth is the man who oversees the Salem witch trials. He believes that he is a fair, just man who is doing the Lord's work by capturing those who are with the devil. He doesn't understand why the people are so afraid of the court and that who he punishes are those who are truly evil. He also refuses to believe that he is in the wrong as more people get accused of witchcraft without accurate evidence so his pride and authority in the town isn't jeopardized.
Giles Corey is a farmer in Salem Village. He is a likable man but can be at times feisty and naive. When he tells his wife of reading "strange books" she is immediately accused of witchcraft. He beings to feel bad and knows his wife is innocent so he goes to the court to testify on her behalf. He also tries to out Putnam that he is only accusing people for his land. When asked who told him this fact, he refuses to tell them the man and also does not deny or confess to witchcraft. He is crushed to death.
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