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Reverend Hale is one of the few clergyman that is actually looking for true signs that the girls are bewitched by Satan. When he examines Betty, he is looking for a sign that it is Satan or demons that are affecting the girl and not some superficial or physical affliction. Unlike the other prominent members of the town and the neighboring towns, Hale does not immediately assume that they girls are being attacked by witches just because they say that they are. He looks for, in his view, very real signs of the devil on the girls, and makes judgments based on his studies and observations and not on hearsay or one-sided testimony.
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