In The Crucible, the people of Salem hold tight to their beliefs about what does and dos not constitute witchcraft. In Act I, the reader sees first hand that these claims do not have to be immersed in support or facts, but just in accusation. Thomas and Ann Putnam come to the Parris household to check on Reverend Parris' daughter, Betty. Their daughter Ruth has also fallen ill and they want to see if Betty has the same symptoms. Despite the reverend's protests, Ann Putnam reports that Betty has been spotted flying and wants to know how she flew.
Mr. Collins saw her goin' over Ingersoil's barn, and come down light as a bird, he says!