The Crucible Act 1 Quotes

“I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hell fire and bloody damnation.” (John Proctor saying why he no longer comes to church) Proctor to Putnam
“I have seen them in all their silly seasons…I think she’ll wake when she tires of it.” (Rebecca Nurse giving her explanation as to what is wrong with the children) Rebecca Nurse to Putnams
“I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes? I will not, I cannot! You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!” (Abigail defending her position and view of love) Abigail to John Proctor
” I want to open myself! . . . 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; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!” (Abigail using witchcraft as a means to get what she wants and not be found guilty) Abigail to Hale
“There are wheels within wheels in this village, and fires within fires!” (Ann Putnam’s reasoning why she has lost 7 children, yet Rebecca Nurse has lost none; things are not always what they seem) Goody (Ann) Putnam to Rebecca Nurse
“No, no. now let me instruct you. We cannot look to superstition in this. the devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone, and I must tell you that I shall not proceed unless you are prepared to believe me if I should find no bruise of hell upon her.” (Hale’s warning that the people of Salem should not jump to conclusions of witchcraft; he must examine all the evidence first) Reverend Hale to Thomas Putnman
“How may we blame ourselves? I am one of nine sons.” (Thomas Putnam’s refusal to accept anything but witchcraft for why the children are not waking up; he does not want to consider other possibilities) Thomas Putnam to Rebecca Nurse
“There is a murdering witch among us, bound to keep herself in the dark.” (Thomas Putnam’s push to get others in the town to accept witchcraft as the only solution) Thomas Putnam to Reverend Parris
“he say mister Paris must be kill! Mr. Paris no goodly man, Mr. Paris mean man and no gentle man, and he bid me rise out of my bed and cut your throat! But I tell him ‘no! I don’t hate that man. I don’t want kill that man.’ but he say, ‘you work for me, tituba, and I make you free! I give you pretty dress to wear, and put you way up in the air, and you gone fly back to Barbados!’ (Tituba’s confession to witchcraft and what the devil has tried to convince her to do) Tituba to Reverend Parris
“It’s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman.” (Abigail’s response as to why she will was discharged from Goody Proctor’s service) Abigail to Reverend Parris
“I just come from the farm; the whole country’s talking witchcraft. They be callin’ us witches.” (Mary’s realization that things have already become bigger than the girls have anticipated) Mary Warren to Abigail
“They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption in my house” (Reverend Parris’s reasoning for not jumping to witchcraft as a solution) Reverend Parris to Thomas Putnam
“I have always wanted to ask a learned man–what signifies the reading of strange books?” (Corey stirring trouble in Salem with another strange account of what could be witchcraft) Giles Corey to Reverend Hale
“Ah, you’re wicked yet, aren’t y’?” (Proctor realizing the real reason behind the accusations of witchcraft) John Proctor to Abigail
“I can make you wish you’d never seen the sun go down.” (Abigail making threats to not reveal what they were truly doing in the forest) Abigail to Mercy, Mary, and the other girls
“I have a Harvard education.” (Parris attempting to cheat his way into receiving more money by claiming he is an academic) Reverend Parris to Giles Corey
“You drank bloody, Abby! You didn’t tell them that!” (Betty knowing the entire truth of what had happened in the woods) Betty Parris to Abigail
“There is a prodigious danger in the seeking of loose spirits.” (Rebecca Nurse giving a warning of jumping to witchcraft and not considering any other possibility) Rebecca Nurse to Reverend Parris
“There are many others who stay away from the church these days because you hardly ever mention God anymore.” (Proctor questioning Salem’s integrity) John Proctor to Reverend Parris
“I will cut off my hand before I ever reach for you again.” (Proctor set in his decision to no longer stray from his wife) John Proctor to Abigail
“I sent my child – she should learn from Tituba who murdered her sisters.” (Ann Putnam justifying her actions) Goody (Ann) Putnam to Reverend Parris
“Witchery’s a hangin’ error, a hangin’ like they done in Boston two year ago!” (Mary providing a foreshadowing of their fate if the people of Salem should consider them witches) Mary Warren to Abigail, Mercy, and the other girls
“I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion when ever I come near!” (Abigail’s reasoning why her love is not one sided) Abigail to John Proctor
“I come to see what mischief your uncle’s brewing.” (The word of witchcraft is amongst the whole village of Salem; and Proctor wants to know what is going on) John Proctor to Abigail
“Oh, Abigail, what proper payment for my charity. Now I am undone.” (Reverend Parris reveals he is more worried about his reputation than his family) Reverend Parris to Abigail
“That land is my bounds! You load one oak of mine and you’ll fight to drag it home!” (Thomas Putnam’s obssession with more land) Thomas Putnam to Corey and Proctor

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