How does John Proctor show honesty and integrity in the play, The Crucible?

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In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, John Proctor is not a perfect man. He has has an adulterous affair with Abigail Williams. He is aware of the implications of his actions. He has fired her from his household and resists her efforts to lure him back into her bed.

I have a sense for heat, John, and yours has drawn me to my window, and I have seen you looking up, burning in your loneliness...You are no wintry man. I know you, John. I know you. She is weeping. I cannot sleep fordreamin'; I cannot dream but I wake and walk about the house as though I'd find you comin' through some door. She clutches him desperately.

Of course, pushing her away and calling her "Child" can bring nothing but anger and resentment from her. It can be no surprise that John's wife Elizabeth is accused of witchcraft, and that John is also ultimately accused, but John shows his integrity by ending his affair. He further demonstrates his morality by refusing to give in to...

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