In act 4, Reverend Parris arrives at the Salem jail, visibly upset. Parris proceeds to lament about finding a dagger stuck in his front door from his threatening neighbors and begs Deputy Governor Danforth to pardon John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse. Reverend Parris specifically tells Danforth,
You cannot hang this sort. There is danger for me. I dare not step outside at night!
Reverend Parris is referring to upstanding, respected community members like John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse, who have positive reputations and plenty of friends in town. At this point in the play, Danforth, Hathorne, and Salem's leading authority figures have been arresting and hanging disreputable citizens. They have yet to receive pushback, but citizens...
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