The Crucible Questions and Answers
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How did Abigail manipulate Reverend Parris?  

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Abigail manipulates her uncle, Reverend Parris, throughout The Crucible with her lies. She not only lies about what she and the other girls were doing in the woods with Tituba, but she also lies to him about why she was fired by Elizabeth Proctor.  Abigail tells Parris that they were merely dancing in the woods until Betty and other girls begin to fall prey to the pressure being put upon them by their parents and the community.  When Tituba “confesses”, Abigail sees the opportunity to get out of trouble for going to the...

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