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In "The Crucible", how is Abigail Williams vengeful? And what are some quotes from the play that back up this character trait? 

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When Abigail and John Proctor speak in the first act, he refuses her and she speaks vengefully of his wife, Elizabeth, who fired her from their employ seven months prior. Abigail says,

She is blackening my name in the village. She is telling lies about me! She is a cold, sniveling woman, and you bend to her!

In fact, if Elizabeth Proctor were talking about Abigail sleeping with her husband, she'd be telling the truth. Abigail is deceitful, and she did cause major trouble in the Proctors' marriage. If Elizabeth is "blackening" Abigail's name, she doesn't have to do it by telling lies about Abigail. Further, John doesn't "bend" to his wife, but he has made a commitment to her, before God, and so that does compel him to alter his behavior toward Abigail. Abigail's anger and resentment, however, grow. She has already spoken so dreadfully of Elizabeth, both to Reverend Parris and to John, that we can see how she comes to accuse Elizabeth of witchcraft later.

Abigail's behavior in act 1 gives...

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