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Reverend Hale is just beginning to see the truth of the town, and his conversation with John Proctor helps this along. When questioning Proctor about his lapse in religion, Proctor reveals that he avoids church solely because of his distaste for Parris. Proctor paints a true picture of Parris, not as concerned reverend, but as a greedy and conceited hypocrite. Proctor also reveals his assurance at this point that the sickness of the girls has nothing to do with witchcraft, and that the people confessing are only doing so because they are afraid of being hanged. Hale has had this thought already, and his interview with Proctor here greatly affects his attitude through the remainder of the play.
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