Parris discovered his daughter, Betty, Susanna and Abigail, his niece in the woods. Nevertheless, Betty did not wake up.
Parris argued with Abigail to discover what is the cause of this.
Parris revealed what he had seen in the woods and suspected witchcraft.
Susanna: "He bid me come and tell you, Reverend sir, that he cannot discover no medicine for it in his books... but he bid me tell you that you might look to unnatural things for the cause of it."Abigail: " Speak nothing of it in the village, Susana."Parris: " Go directly home and speak nothin' of unnatural causes."
Parris began to question Abigail of her character because he suspected that it was her fault for getting kicked out of the Proctor's home.
Parris: "What did you do with her in the forest?"Abigail: "We did dance, Uncle, and when you leaped out of the bush so suddenly, Betty was frightened and then she fainted. And there's the whole of it." Parris: "Now look you, child... but if you trafficked with spirits in the forest, I must know it, for surely my enemies will, and they'll ruin me with it...."
Mrs Ann Putnam and Mr Putnam walked in because the other girl who was unconscious looked like their daughter.
Abigail: "It were only sport, Uncle! " Parris: "I saw Tituba waving her arms over the fire when I came on you; why were she doing that? And I heard a screeching and gibberish comin' from her mouth ... And I thought i saw ... someone naked running through the trees!"
Mary Warren and Mercy Lewis arrived to check on Betty. Meanwhile, Mrs Ann Putnam, Mr Putnam and Parris leave to talk with the people in the town.
Parris: " Abigail, I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when good respect is rising for me in the parish you compromise my very character...is there any other cause than you have told me, for your being discharged from Goody Proctor's service?" Abigail:" They want slaves, not such as I. Let them send to Barbados for that, I will not black my face for any of them!
Ann: "... she never waked this morning but her eyes open and she walks, and hears naught, sees naught, and cannot eat. Her soul is taken for sure" Putnam: "They say you've sent for Reverend Hale of Beverly." Parris: "A precaution only... Now, Goody Ann, they only thought that were a witch, and I am certain there be no element of witchcraft here."
Abigail: "He knows Tituba conjured Ruth's sisters to come out the grave..." Marry Warren: "What'll we do?.. .the whole country be talking about witchcraft... Oh we've got to tell."