The Crucible – Act Three

Why do Giles and Francis want to talk to Danforth? To try and persuade the judge that their wives are good women, not witches.
What is Parris’ argument against Proctor? That he is trying to overthrow the court.
What does Mary tell Danforth? “It were pretense, sir.” The girls have been lying.
When Danforth hears that Elizabeth is pregnant, what does he allow? Time to see if her “natural signs” appear. If not and she is pregnant, she can have one year before she is hanged to have her baby. Making the point that if he was just trying to save Elizabeth, he doesn’t need to continue arguing.
What paper did 91 people sign? That Rebecca, Elizabeth, and Martha were all good, upstanding, God-loving citizens.
“…a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between.” Why is Danforth’s statement important? Danforth and the Puritan doctrine left no room for in-between cases. You either were a witch or you weren’t. No room for “appearances”. If you were against the court, you would be in contempt. No room for error on the part of the court and no room for question or correction of the court. It could, then, go on forever in its incorrect path.
What quote did Proctor use to help Mary remain brave? “Do that which is good, and no harm will come to thee.” Ironic that Proctor later does that which he believes to be good and yet he is hanged. From a religious standpoint, you could interpret the quote as being correct, if in fact Proctor’s soul was saved.
Of what does Giles accuse Putnam? Killing his neighbors for their land. (If a person were hanged as a with, their land would go up for auction. Putnam was the only man with enough $$$ to buy up all the land.
What is Hale’s problem as Proctor and his friends present evidence to Danforth? He begins to realize that Proctor and his friends have a valid point and that the people who had been accused and sentenced so far could very well have been innocent.
Hawthorne thinks of a test for Mary. What is it Can she do it? Why or Why not? He asks her to faint, as she did in the courtroom. No, she can’t do it.She says that she could in the courtroom because the mood was set and she got caught up in the mood with the other girls, which helped her to do it.
Proctor calls Abigail a *****, and he confesses his lechery. Why? Danforth tests Proctor’s statement by calling for Elizabeth and asking her why Abigail was dismissed. Elizabeth then lies to protect John.
What do the girls do to Mary? What is her response? They pretend her spirit is coming to get them and that she is herself doing some bewitching. Mary tells them to stop but they don’t and she ends up giving in and joining them.
What happens to Proctor? He is jailed for his contempt of the court and his suspicious activities.
What does Hale do? He quits the court.

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