No, no. Now let me instruct you. We cannot look to superstition in this. The devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone, and I must tell you all that I shall not proceed unless you are prepared to believe me if I shall find no bruise of Hell upon her.
Will you look at my daughter, sir? She has tried to leap out the window; we discovered her this morning on the highroad, waving her arms as though she'd fly.
You have said that twice, sir.
Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods, nor make unto thee any graven image. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain; thou shalt remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. Thou shalt honor thy father and mother. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
Let you repeat them if you will.
Thou Shall not kill.
Abigail Williams told you it had naught to do with witchcraft!
Why- why did you keep this?
Nonsense! Mister, I have myself examined Tituba, Sarah Good, and numerous others that have confessed to dealing with the devil.
I never knew until tonight that the world is gone daft with this nonsense.
She told me the day you came, sir.
Hale is already being serious very early in the story, which foreshadows what his personality will be like in the series.
I believe him! This girl has always struck me false!
Hale is suspicious of John not knowing his commandments, which means he takes them very seriously in order to make him repeat them back to him.
Hale does not want to take a step back and see the full picture and fully see what lies are spreading.
John makes a good enough case for Hale to take that step back and fully embrace what Abilgal has been doing all this time.