The Crucible Questions and Answers
by Arthur Miller

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CHEEVER, looking about the room: Mr. Proctor, I have little time. The court bid me search your house, but I like not to search a house. So will you hand me any poppets* that your wife may keep here?PROCTOR: Poppets? ELIZABETH: I never kept no poppets, not since I were a girl. CHEEVER: embarrassed, glancing toward the mantel where sits Mary Warren’s poppet: I spy a poppet, Goody Proctor. ELIZABETH: Oh! Going for it. Why, this is Mary’s. How does this dialogue exchange connect to The Crucible as a whole ?

The cited exchange of dialogue from The Crucible precedes the arrest of Elizabeth Proctor, the wife of protagonist John Proctor, who is falsely accused of injuring a teenage girl named Abigail Williams. Williams was formerly involved with John Proctor through witchcraft. The denouement of The Crucible hinges on Proctor's relationships with these two women.

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This sequence of dialogue occurs toward the end of act 2 of Miller's The Crucible, following two powerful scenes.

In the first, John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth have learned from their young servant Mary, who has just come from the courtroom, that many local women have been arrested as witches and one has been condemned to death. The couple is shocked by this news and frightened by its possible implications for them.

In response to a rebuke from her employer, Mary adds that she had defended Elizabeth from charges of witchcraft and prevented her arrest. Although she refuses to identify the accuser, both Elizabeth and John realize it must have been Abigail Williams, a teenage...

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