How do Giles Corey and Francis Nurse try to save their wives in The Crucible?

Giles Corey, Francis Nurse, and John Proctor try to save their wives in The Crucible by presenting a petition to the court. It has been signed by ninety-one well-respected people in the community, and it testifies to the good reputations of the three women. The men also present a deposition, written by Giles Corey, that accuses Mr. Thomas Putnam of prompting his daughter to charge people with witchcraft based on Putnam’s greed.

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In act 3, Giles Corey, Francis Nurse, and John Proctor arrive at Salem's court and attempt to save their wives by presenting a petition and a revealing deposition, which supports their wives' Christian reputations and proves that the witch trials are corrupt. After Mary Warren testifies that she and the...

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In act 3, Giles Corey, Francis Nurse, and John Proctor arrive at Salem's court and attempt to save their wives by presenting a petition and a revealing deposition, which supports their wives' Christian reputations and proves that the witch trials are corrupt. After Mary Warren testifies that she and the girls are frauds and John Proctor refuses to drop his charges, Danforth says that he is ready to hear their evidence, and Proctor presents him with a petition, which was signed by ninety-one landholding farmers and members of the church. By signing the petition, each person declares their good opinion of Martha Corey, Rebecca Nurse, and Elizabeth Proctor. The men hope that this petition will support their wives' argument against the heavy accusations of witchcraft.

After reading the petition, Danforth requests to read Giles Corey's handwritten deposition, which accuses Thomas Putnam of using the witch trials as a land grab. Corey's deposition states that an anonymous "honest" man overheard Thomas Putnam instructing his daughter to accuse George Jacobs of witchcraft in exchange for a "fair gift of land." Giles supports his deposition by commenting that George Jacobs' land will be forfeited if he is accused of witchcraft, and Thomas Putnam is the only person in town with enough money to buy it. He emphasizes his argument by saying, "This man is killing his neighbors for their land!" Unfortunately, Judge Hathorne demands to have the name of the person who overheard Thomas Putnam, but Giles Corey refuses to give him the name. Giles is determined to protect his neighbor and is eventually charged and arrested for contempt of court.

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Giles Corey, Francis Nurse, and John Proctor try to save their wives from being convicted as witches by presenting a “sort of testament” to the court in which the people who have signed it “declare their good opinion of Rebecca [Nurse], [Elizabeth Proctor], and Martha Corey.” All of the ninety-one people who have signed the document are church members and/or landholding farmers who have known all three women for many years and testify that they have never seen any signs that the women could be witches. In short, these are people who are well respected in the community and “covenanted Christians” all, and the three men clearly hope that the sheer mass of such people will be enough to sway Deputy Governor Danforth in his ruling.

The three husbands also present a deposition written by Giles Corey. This deposition accuses Mr. Thomas Putnam, a prosperous landowner whose daughter danced in the forest with Tituba, of “coldly prompt[ing] [his] daughter to cry witchery upon George Jacobs.” Jacobs’s property sits next to Putnam’s, and if Jacobs is hanged for witchcraft, his land goes up for auction, “and there is none but Putnam with the coin to buy so great a piece.”

Giles claims that Putnam is having his daughter accuse people of witchcraft so that Putnam can acquire their land after they are convicted and executed. By pointing out that Putnam has ulterior motives for hunting witches, the men hope to show that the accusations are unfounded in reality.

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Francis, Giles, and Proctor presented a joint testament signed by ninety-one landholding farmers who were also members of the church. The testimony by the people affirmed that their wives were reputable members of the society. In addition, the testimony suggested that the women were not known to deal in witchcraft. However, the attempt to save their wives did not go as planned and the ninety-one farmers were also to be arrested for questioning.

Francis: I have brought trouble on these people; I have -

Giles asked John to hand the judge his deposition. The deposition accused Mr. Putnam of killing people for their land. The aim of Giles’ deposition was to bring disrepute to the evidence presented by the girls by showing that they were being manipulated by malicious individuals. The men expected that if this was confirmed by the court, then the entire case would fall apart. However, Giles’ efforts were unsuccessful after he failed to name the individual who knew of Mr. Putnam’s conspiracy.

Giles, pointing at his deposition: The proof is there! I have it from an honest man who heard Putnam say it! The day his daughter cried out on Jacobs, he said she’d given him a fair gift of land.

The men finally presented Mary Warren as a witness. Mary Warren knew that the girls were pretending because she was a member of the group and previously participated in the theatrics. She, however, had a change of heart after being convinced by Proctor to state the truth. Mary Warren tried to speak the truth, but she eventually yielded to the girls’ manipulation.

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In Act 3 of "The Crucible," by Arthur Miller, both Giles Corey and Francis Nurse try to save their wives from being convicted of witchcraft.

Both Corey and Nurse go along with John Proctor, whose wife has also been accused, to the court.  With them, they take a petition that has been signed by ninety one members of the community.  All ninety one declare their "good opinion" of the three women.

However, it's no use. Instead of taking the petition as evidence of the women's innocence, Danforth, Parris, and Hathorne use it as evidence that the ninety one are trying to overthrow the court.  All the signers will be brought in for questioning.

I should also mention that Corey accuses Putnam of accusing people for his own gain and Nurse argues that the girls led by Abigail are frauds.  This is before they present the petition.

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