John Proctor and Abigail are alone in the room with Betty

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Unformatted text preview: John Proctor and Abigail are alone in the room with Betty. Proctor questions Abigail about Betty's illness, suspecting that responsibility for "this mischief" probably lies with Abigail. Denying any involvement in witchcraft, Abigail states that she and the girls merely danced in the woods. Abigail asks Proctor if he has come to see her, but Proctor denies it. The conversation reveals that approximately seven months earlier, Abigail and Proctor had an affair while Abigail lived and worked in the Proctor household. Goody Proctor subsequently dismissed Abigail. Now Abigail accuses Proctor of still being in love with her, even though he will not admit it to her or himself. Abigail is the exact opposite of Proctor's morally upright wife, Elizabeth. Abigail represents the repressed desires sexual, material, or other possessed by all of the Puritans. The difference repressed desires sexual, material, or other possessed by all of the Puritans....
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This note was uploaded on 12/08/2011 for the course ENG 3550 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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