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Discuss the meaning of Elizabeth Proctor saying, "Adultery, John" in Act II.

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maggiekb | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted December 13, 2011 at 1:00 AM via web

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Discuss the meaning of Elizabeth Proctor saying, "Adultery, John" in Act II.

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avetelino | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 13, 2011 at 1:19 AM (Answer #1)

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At the point where Elizabeth says this, John Proctor has just recited the Ten Commandments at the request of Reverand John Hale. The only problem is that he has recited one of them twice and the ironic thing is that he has forgotten to mention the one commandment - "Thou Shalt not commit adultery" - that he has borken when he had the affair with Abigail Williams. Elizabeth mentions this line as gently as she can to remind John of his infidelity to her and that he has done a great wrong by her.

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