Why does Elizabeth say that she doesn't believe in witches at this point? the question is in the second act


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Elizabeth, who is the most constant character in the novel, demonstrates in this scene that she is guided by her own Christian morality and faith, and not the faith that belongs to the town consciousness. When she states that she doesn't believe in witchcraft, she is demonstrating logic. Elizabeth says that if she herself stands accused, then witches must not really exist. For if they did, no one could accuse her.

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Elizabeth tells Mr. Hale that she doesn't believe the Devil can own a woman's soul if she has led a proper life. She says she is a good woman who does good works. She can't believe that people can be good, do good works, and be secretly tied to Satan. Then she tells him that if he believes she's a witch, then she certainly can't believe that they exist.

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