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Basically, the events in Andover are making the people in authority in Salem worried. They have heard that the people in Andover have rebelled against the court there. They are worried that something similar might happen in Salem.
In particular, Rev. Parris is worried about this. He thinks that the next group of people scheduled to hang will cause problems. These include Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor. Unlike other people who have been killed, these two are respected by everyone in the community. Parris is afraid that if they are killed, the people will rise up against the court like they did in Andover.
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