In The Crucible, how has Parris changed by Act IV?

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The Reverend Parris, a selfish, hypocritical and petty man, once a prominent and wealthy minister of the community, is by Act IV reduced to a financially broken man, disillusioned and humbled.

At the beginning of the play when the Reverend Parris learns that his niece Abigail Williams may have participated in inappropriate behaviors in the forest, he demands to know for certain, mainly for selfish reasons:

If you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it. (Act I)

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