According to John Proctor, what is "walking Salem" and writing the law in the community?

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In Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, John Proctor says that vengeance is walking Salem and common vengeance writes the law. He understands, rightfully so, that people are using the witchcraft trials to carry out their personal vengeance on other community members. The genuine fear of witchcraft has created a blinding hysteria in Salem and people are not using common sense. They are not able to see what is truly happening. His wife, Elizabeth, is falling victim to the vengeance of his former lover, Abigail. He is becoming increasingly frustrated with the entire situation.