The first Act of The Crucible demonstrates this statement at work. While the Reverend Parris is obviously having a problem at his home, he encounters all Abby's friends, the Putnams, John Proctor, John Hale, Rebecca Nurse, and a few other characters who are unknown because they are downstairs praying. Each one of these characters offer different advice on how to deal with the situation and it only promotes further conflict.
- Abby and the girls plan to further their lies.
- Rebecca Nurse offers wisdom about children that upsets the all but barren and longing to have healthy babies character in Ann Putnam.
- John Proctor enters out of genuine concern, but his previous conflict with Abby resurfaces and readers discover that later Abby will use their relationship to get what she wants which purports great conflict in John's soul and relationship with his wife.
In society today, when a car accident occur, people slow down to watch. The same thing happened the night that the town's Reverend had a daughter who might have been possessed: everyone wanted to watch. No one seemed able to resist the temptation to offer advice or at least see what was going on.