The Crucible Act I Quotes

Abby Williams “It’s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman.”
Mary Warren “I just come from the farm; the whole country’s talking witchcraft. They be callin’ us witches…”
Samuel Parris “They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption in my house”
John Proctor “You’ll be clapped in the stocks before you’re twenty.”
John Hale “The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone.”
Ann Putnam “There are wheels within wheels in this village, and fires within fires”
Abby Williams “We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And that is all. [if you mention the blood or other spells,] I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.”
Samuel Parris “I am not used to all this poverty. I left a thrifty business in Barbados to serve the Lord”
Tituba “No, no, sir, I don’t talk with no devil!”
Berry Parris “You drank bloody, Abby! You didn’t tell them that!”
Rebecca Nurse “There is prodigious danger in the seeking of loose spirits. I fear it. Let us rather blame ourselves”
John Proctor “I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation. There are many others who stay away from church these days because he hardly ever mentions God any more.”
Rebecca Nurse “A child’s spirit is like a child, you can never catch it by running after it. You must stand still and, for love, it will soon itself come back.”
Giles Corey “What signifies the readin’ of strange books?”
John Proctor “I will cut off my hand before I ever reach for you again.”
Ann Putnam “I sent my child – she should learn from Tituba who murdered her sisters”
John Hale If she is truly in the Devil’s grip we may have to rip and tear to get her free.”
John Hale “What victory would the Devil have to win a soul already dab? It is the best the Devil wants…”
Samuel Parris “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 arm as though she’d fly.”
Samuel Parris “I cannot blink what I saw, Abigail-for my enemies will not blink it. And I thought I saw a….someone naked running through the trees!”
Abby Williams “I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him; I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus”
Tituba “You beg me to conjure, Abby! She beg me make charm-“
Abby Williams “I always hear her laughing in my sleep. I hear her singing her Barbados songs and tempting me with-“
John Hale “Open yourself, Tituba-open yourself and let God’s holy light shine on you.”
Tituba “He say Mister Parris must be kill! Mister Parris no goodly man, Mister Parris mean man and no gentle man, and he bid me rise out of my bed and cut your throat! I tell him, no! I don’t hate that man!”

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