The Crucible Act III: Quotes

“Now, Mr. Proctor, before I decide whether I shall hear you or not, it is my duty to tell you this. We burn a hot fire here; it melts down all concealment.”-Danforth; pg 179 -Shows the court’s power to find out all truths (or at least the ones it wants to believe)-Metaphor: hot fire meaning intense questioning-Foreshadowing: John will later confess his affair
“I judge nothing. I tell you straight, Mister— I have seen marvels in this court. I have seen people choked before my eyes by spirits; I have seen them stuck by pins and slashed by daggers. I have until this moment not the slightest reason to suspect that the children may be deceiving me. Do you understand my meaning?”-Danforth; pg 180 -Talking to Hale-Showing Danforth is firmly siding with the children and that it will be hard for people to convince him otherwise-Pathos: trying to scare people
“But if she say she is pregnant, then she must be! That woman will never lie, Mr. Danforth.”-Proctor; pg 181 -Talking about Elizabeth-Referring to how pregnant women won’t be executed until the baby is born-Irony: she will later lie to save Proctor’s name
“All innocent and Christian people are happy for the courts in Salem! These people are gloomy for it. And I think you will want to know, from each and every one of them, what discontents them with you!”-Parris; pg 181 -Meaning that all innocent Christian’s will agree with the court (God)-These people (Proctor, Nurse, and Giles) aren’t with the court and therefore are against God
“But you must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time—we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God’s grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it.”-Danforth; pg 182 -Sums up the attitudes of the officials-Danforth sees everything as black or white (good or evil) with no gray area-Since the court does the work of God, anyone who disagrees with it is said to be with the Devil
“Do that which is good, and no harm shall come to thee.”-Proctor; pg 182 -Allusion to the Bible from the Book of Tobit; quoting Raphael-Irony: Proctor tries to do the right thing, however he acts too late and it backfires against him-Repeated several times to add emphasis
“A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. I beg you, sir, I beg you—see her what she is. . . . She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a *****’s vengeance. . . .”-Proctor; pg 189 -Proctor’s confession-Climax of the play-“*****’s vengeance”: referring to Abigail’s revenge for Proctor ending their affair-Proctor realizes that his efforts came too late
“We are desperate, sir; we come here three days now and cannot be heard.”-Francis; pg 178 -Francis talking to Danforth-Establishing court’s position-Implying that no one will listen to anyone but the girlsquestioning the court-Pathos:he is desperate and is trying to gain sympathy because his wife is on trial
“I will not give you no name. I mentioned my wife’s name once and I’ll burn in hell long enough for that. I stand mute. “-Giles; pg 183 -Giles talking to Danforth-Very direct, short sentences that require the audience’s reflection-Ethos: showing his character to stand up for what he believes in
“That is precisely what I am about to consider, sir. What more may you ask of me? Unless you doubt my probity?”-Danforth; pg 184 -Referring to the girl’s credibility-Challenging Hale-Implying power and that Hale can not fight the court-Serves its purpose: Hale feels defeated

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