Important Quotes – Act 4 Crucible

“It’s the proper morning to fly to Hell.” Herrick (emphasizes need for escape)
“There is a prodigious stench in this place.” Danforth (dramatic irony – audience knows the court “stinks”)
“Postponement speaks a floundering on my part.” Danforth (cares about reputation like Parris; believes he will be doubted)
“Let you not mistake your duty as I mistook my own [ . . . ] Life, woman, life is God’s most precious gift.” Hale (expresses the wrongful actions he regrets and encourages Elizabeth to save Proctor from death)
“Let Rebecca go like a saint; for me it is fraud! [ . . . ] They think to go like saints. I like not to spoil their names.” Proctor (stays true to himself by saying he is a sinner and saving Rebecca who is truly pious; wishes to not falsely convict others)
“I should hang 10,000 that dared to rise against the law, and an ocean of salt tears could not melt the resolution of the statutes.” Danforth (says how he would rather execute anyone against the court than postpone)
“Can you not see the blood on my head?!” Hale (feels guilty for the trials, as if he has not done sufficient work to save the accused)
“I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another [ . . . ] I have no tongue for it.” Proctor (humbles himself, for he cannot judge, only God can judge in their eyes)
“D**n the village! I confess to God, and God has seen my name on this!” Proctor (displays connection to God and how God is the only one who may determine his fate/has great power over the people)
“And you wonder yet if rebellion spoke?” Hale (questions Danforth’s thinking being only on rebellion, even though the town is unhappy and going crazy)
“”Whatever you will do, it is a good man does it [ . . . ] There be no higher judge under Heaven than Procter is.” Elizabeth (humbles Proctor to a good man and puts her faith into him while also elevating him to the position just under God)
“I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” Proctor (his reputation has been soiled by lying and he wants his name pure to be an example towards his children)
“I have sought a Christian way, for damnation’s doubled on a minister who counsels men to lie [ . . . ] God d**ns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride.” Hale (expresses Danforth’s hypocritical approach of the chaos; not even one’s pride is worth throwing away their life)
“He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him.” Elizabeth (Proctor’s goodness = staying true to himself and not lying; she wishes God to forbid convincing him to confess [taking away goodness])
“Give them no tear! Tears pleasure them! Show honor now, show a stony heart and sink them with it!” Proctor (fight the court and use the rebellion to take the unfair people down)
“Suspicion kissed you when I did. I never knew how I should say my love. It were a cold house I kept!” Elizabeth (confesses to being suspicious of him, but regrets keeping the barrier between them; did not expect the situation to erupt like it did)

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