In The Crucible, John Proctor says, "It is winter in here yet." What does he mean by this statement?

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At the beginning of act two, John Proctor comes in from a long day of planting and sits down to eat supper with his wife, who is still visibly upset with him. The couple engages in small talk and it is evident that they are forcing themselves to remain amicable. John Proctor then comments that Elizabeth should bring some flowers into their home and says, "It’s winter in here yet" (Miller, 52). John Proctor's comment is significant and reflects his wife's cold demeanor and unforgiving nature. Elizabeth has not forgiven John for having an affair with Abigail Williams and their marriage has suffered. There is a tense, cold atmosphere in their home that John brings attention to by comparing it winter inside. After Elizabeth encourages John to reveal that Abigail is lying in court, she discovers that John was in a room alone with her and the couple engages in a heated argument, where John comments on Elizabeth's cold, callous demeanor. Overall, John commenting that it is still winter in their home reflects the cold atmosphere cultivated by Elizabeth's unforgiving, harsh personality.

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He is calling his wife cold, not as in the temperature, but as in the attitude or mood. You may have heard the phrase, "giving the cold shoulder". This means that someone is ignoring or being rude by way of not saying anything. This is what Elizabeth Proctor has done to him.

She later admits in the play that it takes a cold wife to prompt lechery. Essentially she is saying then that she shares blame in the problem of their marriage that caused John to look elsewhere for pleasure and satisfaction. She notes that she wasn't delivering the affection required in a marriage relationship.

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