In "The Crucible", how is Abigail Williams vengeful? And what are some quotes from the play that back up this character trait?
Abigail: She hates me, uncle, she must, for I would not be her slave. It’s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman!
After Parris, the minister, discovered his daughter Betty, his niece Abigail, Tituba and the other girls in the forest dancing naked, his daughter fainted and this prompted him to seek answers from Abigail. He first wanted to know why Abigail was dismissed from Proctor’s home. Her response was, Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth did not like her. However the truth was, Elizabeth dismissed her because Abigail nearly destroyed her family by sleeping with Proctor. Abigail’s vengeance towards Elizabeth was expressed through her insults and the feeling of contempt towards her former employer.
Betty: You did, you did! You drank a charm to kill John Proctor.’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!
Betty claimed that Abigail drank blood as a witchcraft charm in order to kill Elizabeth. This showed that Abigail was vengeful and hated Elizabeth for dismissing her and sending her away from Proctor, the man she allegedly loved.
Abigail: Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam.’s dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents.’ heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down! She goes to Betty and roughly sits her up. Now, you - sit up and stop this'
Abigail threatened the other girls with grave consequences if they were to tell the truth about what they did in the forest. She threatened to kill them in revenge if they betrayed her.
Mary Warren: She.’ll kill me for sayin.’ that! Proctor continues toward her. Abby.’ll charge lechery on you, Mr. Proctor!
Mary was scared by Abigail’s threats and expressed her fears to Proctor. Proctor wanted her to tell the truth, but by doing so she would betray Abigail, who had threatened the girls with death if they told the truth.
Abigail: Goody Proctor always kept poppets.
To punish John Proctor for disowning her, Abigail lied and insisted that Elizabeth kept poppets for purposes of witchcraft.