The Crucible Quotes

“You name in the town-it is entirely white, is it not?” (p.10) To: AbigailFrom: ParrisSignificance: Parris does not trust Abby and there are rumors about her and JohnMeaning: Are you a virgin?
“I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion when ever I came near!” (p.14) To: John ProctorFrom: AbbySignificance: Abby has not forgotten about their affair; vengeanceMeaning: You loved me and touched me! You still care!
“If so he is, then let us go to God for the cause of it.” (p.17) To: PutnamFrom: RebeccaSignificance: Dramatic irony, Miller has already said that Rebecca will be hangedMeaning: Screw Hale, let us ask God
“I am one of nine sons; the Putnam seed have peopled this province.” (p.17) To: RebeccaFrom: PutnamSignificance: Putnams were now blessed, but are now evilMeaning: My family has been here for generations
“You think it is God’s work you shall never lose a child, nor grandchild either, and I bury all but one?” (p.17) To: RebeccaFrom: Mrs. PutnamSignificance: Mrs. Putnam thinks that the death of her children is supernaturalMeaning: You think that I have only one live kid because of God?
“No, you cannot break charity with your minister. “(p.18) To: JohnFrom: RebeccaSignificance: Shows John’s hatred for ParrisMeaning: You must make amends with Parris, you cannot break your connection with God
“The concept of unity, in which positive and negative are attributes of the same force, in which good and evil are relative, ever-changing, and always joined to the same phenomenon.” (p.19) To: From: NarratorSignificance: Represents the people of Salem, (too much evil?)Meaning: There is a balance between good/evil. Both are needed to be good.
“The devil is precise, the marks of his presence are definite as stone” (p.21) To: ParrisFrom: HaleSignificance: Ironic, Hale is looking at things that are not tangible or coincidentalMeaning: There are clear signs that the Devil leaves
“What victory would the devil have to win a soul already bad? It is in the best the Devil wants, and who’s is better than the minister?” (p.22) To: ParrisFrom: HaleSignificance: Scares Parris, and is ironic because it is the powerful accusing the weakMeaning: The Devil likes to attack the most powerful (Parris/Putnam)
“Sometimes I wake and find myself standing in the open doorway and not a stitch on my body!” (p.23) To: TitubaFrom: AbbySignificance: Abby is lying again, and is waiting for ProctorMeaning: She wakes up naked
“You are God’s instrument put in our hands to discover the Devil’s agents among us” (p.24) To: TitubaFrom: HaleSignificance: Hale is depending on Tituba, who ends up lying, irony (not holy acting)Meaning: We are all counting on you
“The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you” (p.27) To: ProctorFrom: ElizabethSignificance: Referring to his adultery and sinningMeaning: Your actions judge you
“Oh, Elizabeth your justice would freeze beer” (p.27) To: ElizabethFrom: John ProctorSignificance: Shows the disconnected relationship between the twoMeaning: You are nosy and unjustified
“I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches round your heart.” (p.28) To: ElizabethFrom: ProctorSignificance: Shows distant relationshipMeaning: You are still very cold and nosy
“The Devil’s loose in Salem, Mr. Proctor; we must discover where he’s heading” (p.30) To: ProctorFrom: Mary WarrenSignificance: Mary disobeys Proctor’s order to stay home and is now involved and invested in the which trialsMeaning: I must go to Salem to find the Devil
“Were I stone I would have cracked for shame this seven month” (p.31) To: ElizabethFrom: ProctorSignificance: Proctor feels ashamedMeaning: I am barely holding on, I am ashamed
“I will curse her hotter than the oldest cinder in hell” (p.31) To: ElizabethFrom: ProcterSignificance: Connection to title, religious connectionMeaning: I will make her (Abby) pay for this!
“The promise that a stallion gives a mare I gave that girl!” (p.31) To: ElizabethFrom: ProctorSignificance: Connection to human animal qualities, and Abby’s line to Proctor, promise=sexMeaning: Abby thinks that they are together
“I see no light of God in that man” (p.32) To: HaleFrom: ProctorSignificance: Shows Proctor’s hatred for Parris, which is important laterMeaning: Although Parris is a reverend, he is no holy man. (golden candlesticks)
“Theology, sir, is a fortress no crack in a fortress may be accounted small” (p.33) To: ProctorFrom: HaleSignificance: Irony, the entire religious system and Hale all have large, not small, cracks and flaws. They are corrupted.Meaning: Even the smallest detail issue (forgetting Adultery) is not acceptable
“The Devil is alive in Salem and we dare not quail to follow wherever the accusing finger points!” (p.34) To: FrancisFrom: HaleSignificance: Shows corruption, Hale will still arrest RebeccaMeaning: The only evidence we have is the accusing of people (Rebecca) and we must use it the best we can
“The girl is murder! She must be ripped out of the world” (p.36) To: Hale/CheeverFrom: ElizabethSignificance: Proves Elizabeth’s ‘guilt’ and is enough for her to be taken awayMeaning: Abigail is a liar and deserves to live no more!
“I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem – Vengeance is walking Salem” (p.36) To: HaleFrom: ProctorSignificance: Shows Proctor’s anger over the corruption in the societyMeaning: How can we trust these little kids? Their vengeance is now determining the fate of many people!
“I will fall like an ocean on that court” (p.37) To: ElizabethFrom: ProctorSignificance: John is willing to defy the court to save ElizabethMeaning: I will do whatever is necessary to free you! Fear not, I will win over the court!
“Though you be ordained in God’s own tears, you are a coward now!” (p.37) To: HaleFrom: ProctorSignificance: Again, Proctor is furious and calls Rev Hale a cowardMeaning: Although you are a man of God, you are a coward for not doing what is right! You are listening to a lying little girl!
“It is a providence, and no great change; we are only what we always were, but naked now” (p.38) To: Mary WarrenFrom: ProctorSignificance: Violent ending to the second actMeaning: We are the same people, but we are now vulnerable because of the witch trials! God’s power will hurt us all for our corruption and sinning! Mary refuses to go to court.
“We burn a hot fire; it melts down all concealment” (p.41) To: ParrisFrom: DanforthSignificance: Connects to the title, irony, they are doing what they think is right, but they are actually accusing the innocentMeaning: This is a very serious operation, but we are doing what is right the best we can
“The pure in heart need no lawyers” (p.42) To: ProctorFrom: DanforthSignificance: Pressures (title) to say what he has to say, also is irony, Danforth is not pure in heartMeaning: If you are telling the truth and are good, you will speak without a lawyer
“No uncorrupted man may fear the court, Mr. Hale! None! (p.44) To: HaleFrom: DanforthSignificance: Irony, the court itself is corrupt. Hale is noticing the corruption and he has lost his power.Meaning: If you are a pure reverend, you must not fear the court! Join us!
“We are here, your honor, precisely to discover what no one has ever seen” (p.46) To: DanforthFrom: ParrisSignificance: Ironic, relates to witchcraft as well as the poppetMeaning: This is a hard task
“To God every soul is precious and his vengeance is terrible on them that take life without cause” (p.48) To: AbigailFrom: DanforthSignificance: Irony, the girls and Danforth have taken many lives of innocent peopleMeaning: God loves everyone, but he is harsh on those who kill the innocent
“Think you be so mighty that the power of Hell may not turn your wits?” (p.48) To: DanforthFrom: AbigailSignificance: Danforth is starting to believe Hale, Abigail accuses Danforth to help Parris (get power)Meaning:
“In the proper place-where my beasts are bedded” (p.49) To: DanforthFrom: ProctorSignificance: Proctor refers to himself and Abigail as beasts, connection to animal traits, also has a Devilish connotationMeaning: We had sex in the barn, like animals, that is where I sinned
“A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now” (p.49) To: DanforthFrom: ProctorSignificance: Religious connection, further admitting to adulteryMeaning: God knows of our sins, of my adultery
“There is a promise in such sweat, but is a *****’s vengeance” (p.49) To: DanforthFrom: ProcterSignificance: More animal traits connection (sweat like stallion), vengeance mentioned againMeaning: I did have sex with Abigail, but you have to understand that she is lying and seeking vengeance
“Private vengeance is working through this testimony” (p.50) To: DanforthFrom: HaleSignificance: Mentioned vengeance, Hale again loses power and realizes corruption (he believes Proctor)Meaning: People’s personal vendettas (Abigail’s) are controlling these trials and getting the best of us
“Envy is a deadly sin” (p.51) To: MaryFrom: ElizabethSignificance: IRONY, Abby has committed many sinsMeaning: Don’t be jealous that we are safe and you are corrupt!
“They all watch, as Abigail, out of her infinite charity, reaches out and draws the sobbing Mary to her” (p.52) To: From: NarratorSignificance: Irony, hypocrisy, charity mentionedMeaning: Abigail accepts Mary into the circle of girls
“I have seen your power” (p.52) To: ProctorFrom: DanforthSignificance: Claims that Proctor is evil, when he is corruptMeaning: I know what you are capable of
“God is dead” (p.52) To: DanforthFrom: ProctorSignificance: ‘Anti-christ’Meaning: This society has gone to hell
“I come to do the Devil’s work. I come to counsel Christian they should belie themselves” (p.57) To: DanforthFrom: HaleSignificance: CorruptionMeaning: I came to help, now I have blood on my hands
“Life, woman, life is God’s most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it” (p.58) To: ElizabethFrom: HaleSignificance: Irony, many people lost lives from the trialsMeaning: Protect your life, you cannot lose it without wrongdoing
“Quail not before God’s judgement in this, for it may well be ** ***s a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride” (p.58) To: ElizabethFrom: HaleSignificance: Meaning:
“It needs a cold wife to prompt lechery.” (p.59) To: ProctorFrom: ElizabethSignificance: Meaning:
“Forgive me, forgive me, John-I never knew such goodness in the world!” (p.60) To: ProctorFrom: ElizabethSignificance: Meaning:
“I am not empowered to trade your life for a life” (p.61) To: ProctorFrom: DanforthSignificance: IRONYMeaning:
“How many I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” (p.62) To: DanforthFrom: ProctorSignificance: IntegrityMeaning:
“It is pride, it is vanity” (p.63) To: ElizabethFrom: ProctorSignificance: Meaning:
“He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!” (p. 63) To: Danforth?From: ElizabethSignificance: Meaning:

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