How does Elizabeth Proctor represent integrity in The Crucible by Arthur Miller?

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The first character in The Crucible to comment on Elizabeth Proctor's character is Abigail Williams, who calls her a "gossiping liar." Ironically, this is a testament to her integrity, since Abigail is one of the most corrupt and dishonest people in the play. When we encounter Elizabeth in act II, she and John are still tiptoeing around each other in the aftermath of John's affair. He regards and describes her as a cold woman whose "justice would freeze beer" but there is never any doubt of her honesty. It is still this hard, cold honesty of which John is thinking when he tells Danforth:

In her life, sir, she have never lied. There are them that cannot sing, and them that cannot weep—my wife cannot lie. I have paid much to learn it, sir.

Moments later, Elizabeth lies, perhaps for the first time. Everyone except Danforth accepts that this lie was told from good motives. Proctor knows that she lied to save him and Hale says that "it is a natural lie to tell."

The lie Elizabeth tells in act...

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