Why does Betty Parris start accusing people? it's in the first act

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The Crucible

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Betty starts accusing people to deflect suspicion away from herself and the other girls from their dabblings in the occult in the woods.

She is terrified into submission by Abigail, who tells Betty and the other girls, "...Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring you a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it...".

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