Crucible Act 1 Quotes

“Now look you, child, your punishment will come in its time.” Parris to Abigail
“Your name in the town – it is entirely white, is it not?” Parris to Abigail
“They want slaves, not such as I. Let them send to Barbados for that. I will not black my face for any of them!” Abigail to Parris about why she is being discharged by the Proctors
“How high did she fly, how high?” Mrs. Putnam to Parris
“I’d not call it sick; the Devil’s touch is heavier than sick. It’s death, y’know, it’s death drivin’ into them, forked and hoofed.” Mrs. Putnam to Parris
“Thomas, Thomas, I pray you, leap not to witchcraft. I know that you – you least of all, Thomas, would ever wish so disastrous a charge laid upon me. We cannot leap to witchcraft. They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption in my house.” Parris
“Gah! I’d almost forgot how strong you are, John Proctor!” Abigail
“I have seen you since she [Elizabeth Proctor] put me out; I have seen you nights…I have a sense for heat, John, and yours has drawn me to my window.” Abigail
“Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby.” John Proctor
I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew what lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men!” Abigail
“The psalm! The psalm! She cannot bear to hear the Lord’s name!” Mrs. Putnam about Betty
“There is prodigious danger in the seeking of loose spirits.” Rebecca to Mrs. Putnam
“There are wheels within wheels in this village, and fires within fires!” Mrs. Putnam to Rebecca
“I like not the smell of this ‘authority’.” John Proctor to Rebecca
“It suggests to the mind what the trouble be among us all these years. Think on it. Wherefore is everybody suing everbody else?” Giles to assembled group
“They [his books] must be; they are weighted with authority.” Hale to Parris
“It discomfits me! 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!” Giles to Hale about his wife Martha
“What victory would the Devil have to win a soul already bad? It is the best the Devil wins, and who is better than the minister?” Hale to Parris

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