In "The Crucible" Corey charges that Putnam is "killing his neighbors for their land." What does Danforth demand as proof?

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dneshan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Act Three of "The Crucible", Giles Corey comes to the court and tells Deputy Gov. Danforth and Judge Hawthorne that Putnam is "killing his neighbors for his land."  After Corey makes this statement, Danforth demands that Corey give the court the name of the man or source that he got this information from.  Corey is skeptical about giving up the name of this person because he has just provided the court with the names of 91 people who have given a good opinion of his wife and are now about to be arrested and questioned.  In addition, he mentioned that his wife had "strange books" and that was used against her and part of the reason that she was arrested as a witch.  Therefore, Giles Corey refuses to give the name of this informant to the court because he does not want to get any other people in trouble.  

mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Corey's charge is based on the testimony of "an honest man who heard Putnam say it", so Danforth demands:  "You will surely tell us the name" of the man who said this.  Corey refuses, and we can't blame him.  Corey says that "I mentioned my wife's name once and I'll burn in hell long enough for that.  I stand mute."  Plus, he just witnessed over 90 people be arrested for signing their name to a petition.  Danforth insists Corey reveal the name, claiming that "if you informant tells the truth let him come here openly like a decent man."  Corey still refuses, and in the end, is arrested for contempt of court.