In Arthur Miller's drama The Crucible, Betty has been in her bed since the girls were caught dancing in the woods.
In this Puritan society, revering God in the strictest and most extreme fashion, celebrations are forbidden, as is open laughter, dancing, etc. Going into the woods, which is believed to be the domain of the devil, is to be avoided at all times.
As several people stand vigil around the bedside of Betty (Rev. Parris' daughter, who lies unresponsive), the Putnams introduce whispers of witchcraft. Mrs. Putnam has taken her daughter Ruth to Tituba to speak to the spirits of her seven dead babies, and Ruth is now behaving strangely. Parris refuses to address the idea of witchcraft in Salem, especially starting with his own household.
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