In act 4 of The Crucible, what news about Abigail does Parris give Danforth?

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In act IV, Reverend Parris appears before Danforth and Hathorne and confesses to them that Abigail has "vanished." He goes on to say that she has robbed him of thirty-one pounds by breaking into his strongbox. Parris does not tell Danforth and Hathorne about Abigail's disappearance until she has been gone for three nights; she has duped him by telling him that she was spending nights at the home of Mercy Lewis. Parris tells Danforth that Mercy, too, has vanished, and that he believes that the girls have fled to Boston to board a ship, because his daughter, Betty, had heard Mercy and Abigail discussing ships earlier in the week. Parris tells the court officials that he thinks they have left because public opinion in Salem has turned against them and they no longer feel safe.

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Reverend Parris is now scared for his life after awakening that morning to find a dagger stuck in his door, a sure warning in his eyes that his life is in danger if he does not attempt to stop that day's hangings.  To further add to his fear, he has discovered that Abigail, his own niece, has stolen money from him and run off, quite possibly proving to Parris in his mind that she had been fabricating these "bewitched" experiences and was now fleeing before things got worse.  Parris begs Danforth to cancel the hangings in fear that the people are ready to rebel in protest. However, Danforth refuses, believing they have now gone too far as some have already hanged; furthermore, he believes that stopping the hangings now will only show their uncertainty and then truly cause a rebellion of the families belonging to those who have already died. He sees no choice but to continue on to demonstrate that they are certain with the sentencing they have given out.

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