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In "The Crucible" what more do we learn about events in the forest from Hale's...

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lollex | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 14, 2009 at 12:15 AM via web

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In "The Crucible" what more do we learn about events in the forest from Hale's questioning of Abigail?

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 14, 2009 at 12:51 AM (Answer #1)

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Originally, Abigail claimed to her uncle, Reverend Parris, that the girls were just dancing, and she tells him that there was "nothin' more.  I swear it, uncle."  When Parris mentions that he thought he saw someone running around naked, she acts shocked and denies it, saying, "No one was naked!  You mistake yourself, uncle!"  So, that's the word on the street up until Hale comes.  She even admits to John Proctor that "we were dancin' in the woods last night" and that was all.  But then, Hale shows up, and all of a sudden witchcraft is an accusation that is floating around.  Hale is more specific in his questioning.  Parris himself confesses more than we knew he had seen.  He says, "I saw a kettle in the grass," implying they were making soup, and "there were something movement-in the soup."  So, Parris admits having seen soup with something moving in it.  So, Abby has to defend herself against that, and she says, "That jumped in, we never put it in!" referring to a frog that just happened to jump into their pot.  She continues by saying that it was Tituba who was conjuring spirits; she figures if she can pass it off on Tituba, she'll be safe.  Then, when Tituba "confesses" and starts shouting out names of witches, Hale starts treating her like an angel sent to cleanse Salem of evil, so Abby thinks this could be her way out.  She too "confesses" that she saw the devil and starts naming names; she does so in order to get the blame taken off of her, and to get out of trouble.

So, Hale discovers that there was a kettle with a frog in it, and that Tituba was actually conjuring spirits.  But what he still doesn't know, is what we learn when Abby is talking to the girls when they are alone:  Abby drank a magic charm of chicken blood, to cast a spell that would kill Elizabeth Proctor, and she begged Tituba to show her how to cast that spell.  That is the real truth that gets covered up in all of this, and no one ever finds that out.

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abygirlb | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted April 14, 2009 at 2:28 AM (Answer #2)

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We learn that Abigail drank blood to get rid of Elizabeth and they also put a curse on her to make her die and they wanted to convince the court that Mrs. proctor was a witch so they accused her and that the other girls were dancing and they were also naked. We also learn that they were flying as Proctor so put it.

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lollex | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 15, 2009 at 4:48 AM (Answer #3)

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thnx soo much :D its really helpful

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