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That quote is spoken by John Proctor. He is talking to his wife about what he did or did not promise to Abigail Williams.
What he means by this quote is that all he was doing was having sex with Abigail -- that there was no emotional commitment. He did not promise her love or marriage anymore than a stallion promises a mare love or marriage when they mate.
This argument happens in Act II, Scene 1. Elizabeth Proctor is telling her husband that he must break his promise to Abigail. She says Abigail clearly believes that John loves her and has promised to love and/or marry her. It is at this point that John speaks the words you cite.
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