The Crucible takes place in Salem

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The Crucible  takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The action begins in the home of  Reverend Parris, whose daughter Betty lies unconscious and appears very ill. Around midnight the  night before, Parris had discovered Betty, his niece Abigail, and Tituba, his black slave, dancing in  the woods, causing Betty to swoon. The local physician is unable to determine the cause of Betty's  illness. Mr. and Mrs. Putnam arrive and reveal that their daughter Ruth is also ill. There is talk in the  village of an unnatural cause. Abigail warns her friend Mercy Lewis and the Proctors' servant Mary Warren, not to reveal that they  were all casting spells in the woods. Betty wakes, and Abigail threatens the other girls with violence if  they tell anyone that she drank blood and cast a spell in order to kill Goody Proctor. Betty loses  consciousness again. John Proctor and Abigail talk privately about their former relationship. Prior to the opening of the 
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