In "The Crucible", analyze the actions/comments of Danforth and put together a coherent picture of him as a man and as a judge.

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Danforth appears to be a man proud of his reputation:  "This is the highest court of the supreme government of this province, do you know it?".  He is seeking grandeur:  "do you know that near to four hundred are in the jails from Marblehead to Lynn, and on my signature?".  He is also very stringent in the rules of law: "let him submit his evidence in proper affadavit.  You are certainly aware of our proceedure here."  He is defensive:  "you surely do not doubt my justice...what more may you ask of me?  Unless you doubt my probity?" He is fervently religious:  "How were you instructed in your life?  Do you not know that God damns all liars?"

All in all, he isn't a very pleasant fellow.  However, we must credit him that he was willing to listen to Mary Warren's evidence, and willing to listen to John Proctor about his affair with Abby.  He DID give those arguments air time; unfortunately, to no avail.