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Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor are upstanding citizens of Salem. Prior to their hangings, only the poor and homeless have been hanged. The Nurses own a great deal of land, but they are also greatly respected as a prominent family of Salem. The Proctors are also a respectable family. Though some don't like John, he is respected for his honesty and fairness. To hang these respectable people is a turning point in the trials and is one of the reasons that led to its end.
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