‘The Crucible” – Quotes

Abigail Let you tell them I confessed it – and I’ll be whipped if I must be. But they’re speaking of witchcraft. Betty’s not witched.
Parris Your name in the town – it is entirely white, is it not?
Mrs. Putnam Why that’s strange. Ours is open.
Rebecca Nurse I have laid seven unbaptized babies in the earth.
Betty You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!
Abigail I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents’ heads on the pillow next to mine.
John Proctor Ah, you’re wicked yet, aren’t y’! You’ll be clapped in the stocks before you’re twenty.
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 He nearly willed away my north pasture but he knew I’d break his fingers before he’s set his name to it.
Hale Here is all the invisible world, caught, defined, and calculated. In these books the Devil stands stripped of all his brute disguises.
Giles Corey Last night – mark this – I tried and tried and could not say my prayers. And then she close her book and walks out of the house, and suddenly – mark this – I could pray again!
Parris You will confess yourself or I will take you out and whip you to your death.
John Proctor It’s winter in here yet.
Mary Warren We must all love each other now, Goody Proctor.
Danforth Come now. You say your only purpose is to save your wife. Look now, she is saved at least this year, and a year is long What say you, sir?
Francis Nurse Mr. Danforth, I gave them all my word no harm would come to them for signing this.
Giles Corey If Jacobs hangs for a witch he forfeit up his property – that’s law! And there is none but Putnam with the coin to buy so great a piece. This man is killing his neighbors for their land.
Danforth There, who may possibly be witness to it? The witch and the victim. None other. Now, we cannot hope the witch will accuse herself; granted? Therefore, we must rely upon her victims – and they do testify, the children certainly do testify.
Abigail Let you beware, Mr. Danforth. Think you to be so mighty that the power of Hell may not turn your wits?
John Proctor You are pulling down heaven and raising up a *****.
Parris Thirty-one pound is gone. I am penniless.
Giles Corey More weight.
Elizabeth I have sins of my own to count. It needs a cold wife to prompt lechery.
John Proctor I have confessed myself! I there no good penitence but it be public? God does not need my name nailed upon the church
John Proctor I have given you my sould, leave me my name.
John Proctor Give them no tear. Tears pleasure them. Show honor now, show a stony heart and sink them with it.
Danforth Hang them high over the town! Who weeps for these, weeps for corruption!
Elizabeth He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!

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