In The Crucible how does Elizabeth Protor deal w/ all of her tragedies: the affair, accusations, the trial, her view on witchcraft?

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Elizabeth Proctor copes with her troubles like a true Puritan woman, with integrity and honesty.  She is concerned with the trials and is in favor of her husband going to the court and telling them what Abigail told him about the girls only having fun in the woods and that there was no witchcraft. 

She has strong faith in God and humbles herself, taking part of the blame for her husband John's adulterous affair with Abigail.  She tells him:

"John, I counted myself so plain, so poorly made, no honest love could come to me.  Suspicion kissed you when I did; I never knew how I should say my love.  It were a cold house I kept!" (Miller) Act IV

Her view on witchcraft is plain, she does not believe in the existence of witches.  Hale asks her,

"But, woman, you do believe there are witches in" (Miller)

"If you think that I am one, then I say there are none." (Miller)

When Elizabeth is arrested for witchcraft, which she is accused of by Abigail Williams, who particularly wants to get rid of her so she can openly claim her husband, she surrenders without a fight.  She goes to jail, and remains there, in the most harsh and cruel conditions.

She is pregnant, that is the only reason that her life is initially spared.  Elizabeth is strong, brave and committed to her faith.  She understands why her husband would rather die with his name intact than to surrender his soul to a lie and live.