In The Crucible, how does Tituba first respond to Hales accusation of witchcraft?  

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When first accused of witchcraft, in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, Tituba denies the charges.

Hale first accuses Tituba of silencing Betty and enlisting the children of Salem "for the Devil." Tituba states that she does not "truck with the devil."

Hale then goes onto accusing Tituba of gathering souls for the Devil. Unable to respond, given she is cut off by Abigail, Tituba states that Abigail forced her to conjure spirits.

After being asked if Tituba compacted with the Devil (by Hale), Tituba responds that she does not make compacts with the Devil.

It is only when Tituba is threatened by Parris that she changes her story. Similar to the girls, Tituba changes her story regarding her compacting with the Devil in order to save her own skin.