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How did Miller insert a somewhat absurd tone into the opening scene of act 4, with Sarah Good, Tituba, and Herrick?

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The opening scene of act 4 achieves a mood of absurdity through the conversation that takes place among Tituba, a slave; Sarah Good, a homeless woman; and Herrick, the town marshal. Tituba and Sarah claim to be waiting for the Devil to show up to take them back to Tituba's home in Barbados. Herrick is drinking on the job, as things are so miserable, and he even offers some to the prisoners.

The fact that Tituba now wishes for the Devil...

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