In act two of The Crucible what does John Proctor decide to do after Mary Warren warns him about testifying against Abigail?

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In act two of Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, John Proctor decides that it is time to stand up to Abigail Williams in order to save his wife’s life. As the act draws to a close, Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth, and several other notable women in the town, Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey, have been arrested under suspicion of witchcraft. Abigail claims that Elizabeth Proctor sent her spirit out with a needle and stabbed her in the stomach with it. Cheever, the newly appointed clerk of the court explains the charge as he arrests Elizabeth.

CHEEVER: The girl, the Williams girl, Abigail Williams, sir. She sat to dinner in Reverend Parris’s house tonight, and without word nor warnin’ she falls to the floor. Like a struck beast, he says, and screamed a scream that a bull would weep to hear. And he goes to save her, and, stuck two inches in the flesh of her belly, he draw a needle out. And demandin’ of her how she come to be so stabbed, she—to Proctor now—testify it—were your...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on October 10, 2019