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In Act 2, Hale is visiting families in the town in order to get to know them better, specifically those whose names have been mentioned in the proceedings. While at the Proctor's house, Hale begins questioning John about the family's religious diligence, focusing on John's knowledge of the 10 Commandments at first. Hale criticizes John because of his infrequent church attendance and because his youngest son has not yet been baptized. These criticisms lead to important revelations about Rev. Parris and some town members dissatisfaction with his conduct. This conversation also gives Hale his first misgivings about how the trials are being conducted.
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