Reverend Parris is both "delighted" and "a little scared," according to the stage directions. The Putnams seem very glad of Hale's presence, immediately telling him about their afflicted daughter, Ruth, and her condition, hoping that he will come to see her and help to wake her up. John Proctor is, perhaps, comforted and hopeful that Mr. Hale will prove to be a man of sense and that he will "leave some of [that sense] in Salem." Proctor obviously has little faith in Parris's leadership in this matter (or any matter). Parris is eager to "abide by [Hale's] judgment," so it is evident that the company holds him in high esteem; they are desirous to hear his pronouncements. Parris even seems to be in some awe of Hale and Hale's extensive knowledge, as he speaks in "hushed" tones. Giles Corey addresses Hale, calling the minister a "learned man" and speaking respectfully to him. When Hale explains that the Devil would consider it a bigger victory to conquer a minister's faith than a layman's, Giles replies, "That's deep, Mr. Parris, deep, deep!" People seem to have a lot more trust in Hale than they do in Parris (with the possible exception of the Putnams).