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The court orders that all ninety-one people be arrested and brought in for questioning. The citizens who signed the testament are in the minority of the community because most are too terrified of the repercussions of any sign of rebellion. Danforth does not want the people to question what the court is doing.
The people who have spoken up are shocked because Rebecca, Martha, and Elizabeth are all upstanding, god-fearing citizens. But the court refuses to listen to any voice of dissension, "A person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there will be no road between".
This is true for Hale, as well. Parris sent for Hale because of his experience with this type of situation. Yet, once the momentum of the hysteria caught on, the courts did not want to hear even the expert's ideas because they do not agree with the proceedings that have taken place.
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