In Act 2 of The Crucible, what does John Proctor want from his wife?

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In Act Two, John Proctor seems to most want his wife to trust him.  He had an affair with Abigail Williams that ended some seven months ago when Elizabeth suspected it, confronted John, and dismissed her from their employ.  Now, John says that he had been alone with Abigail "For a moment" in town, when he'd earlier told Elizabeth that he'd only seen her in the company of others.  She calls him out for the discrepancy, and he angers and tells her, "I'll not have your suspicion any more."  She replies that if he does not want her to be suspicious, then he should not do anything to earn it. 

Further, she claims that John would have no problem sharing the information Abigail told him were it not Abigail who would be hurt by its being made public.  He angers further and insists, "You will not judge me more [...].  Let you look to your own improvement before you go to judge your husband any more."  Therefore, what John most wants from his wife is her trust and her confidence in him, and it makes him incredibly angry, and, I would imagine, hurt, to think that even after he confessed the affair to her and all these months have passed, she still cannot trust him.

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