Abigail is the undisputed leader of the group of girls that kicks off the whole Salem witch-craze. She's the one in charge the one that the other girls instinctively look up to. Wherever she leads, the others follow, partly because of Abigail's charisma, but also because the girls are scared stiff of Abigail and what she might do to them.
They've seen her in action at close quarters, so they know exactly what she's capable of. Just one word from those lying lips of hers could be enough to see them convicted of witchcraft and dangling from the end of a rope. Abigail's extraordinary and almost demonic power over the other girls is, somewhat ironically, like something a witch would exert. In fact, she's more like a witch than any of the innocent people her lies have sent to the gallows.
Abigail also tries to control John Proctor, but she's unable to. John is an adult man, not a frightened child. What works with the other girls will not work on him. That's not to say that Abigail can't or...
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