In The Crucible, describe the interaction between John and Elizabeth Proctor at the beginning of Act II.

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At the beginning of Act Two, the interaction between John Proctor and Elizabeth is tense and uncomfortable. After coming in from the fields, John adds salt to the stew and proceeds to lie to Elizabeth by telling her that it is well-seasoned. John's act of adding salt symbolically represents the lack of flavor and excitement in their marriage. The couple casually discusses the weather, but the tension in the room is palpable when Elizabeth "receives" John's kiss with an air of disappointment. John is evidently walking on eggshells around his wife and aims to please Elizabeth, who seems melancholy and distant.

John's comment about it being "winter in here yet" further emphasizes the cold, chilly atmosphere of their home, which corresponds to their tense marriage. John even comments on his wife's sad demeanor as the conversation shifts to the powerful court in Salem, which is led by Abigail Williams. Whenever Elizabeth encourages John to inform the community that Abigail is a fraud, she...

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