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Posted May 12, 2007 at 5:36 PM via web

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What lie did John Proctor tell to Elizabeth which makes her more suspicious of him?

the question is in second act

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 12, 2007 at 9:10 PM (Answer #1)

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John had told Elizabeth that he had not been alone with Abigail, but in the beginning of Act 2, he slips up as they are discussing whether John should go to Salem and defend the accused. John is reluctant because Abigail has such a following now, even considered among the people to be a "saint".

John, musing, says, "...If the girl's a saint now, I think it is not easy to prove she's fraud, and the town gone so silly. She told it to me in a room alone -- I have no proof for it."

Elizabeth doesn't miss a thing. "You were alone with her?

Proctor (stubborly): For a moment alone, aye.

Elizabeth: Why, then, it is not as you told me.

Proctor (his anger rising): For a moment, I say. The others come in soon after.

Elizabeth (quietly --she has suddenly lost all faith in him): Do as you wish, then. (She starts to turn)

Proctor: Woman. I'll not have your suspicion any more... I'll not have it!

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Elizabeth: Then let you not earn it.

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