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In The Crucible, what does Mary Warren tell Danforth and why is she in court, and why...

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Posted September 6, 2010 at 3:59 AM via web

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In The Crucible, what does Mary Warren tell Danforth and why is she in court, and why is Danforth suspicious of her and of Proctor?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 6, 2010 at 4:05 AM (Answer #1)

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In Act III, Mary Warren has been brought to the court by John Proctor.  He wants her to admit in front of the court that the testimony of Abigail and the other girls has been fake all along.  This is essentially what she tells Danforth.

Danforth is suspicious of the two of them largely because of what they are there to say.  He, not surprisingly, wonders how Mary could be telling the truth now since she had sworn other things before.  He is also suspicious because her actions and those of the other girls seemed so realistic to him.  Finally, he seems to think that the two of them are just there so as to make him and the court look bad.

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