Provide a physical description of the characters in The Crucible.

John Proctor is a farmer who has been playing the field and having an affair with Abigail Williams. The town of Salem decides to frame him for witchcraft after rumors spread that he had an affair with Abigail. William's father, Thomas Putnam, sees his chance to take over John Proctor's farm after John is arrested for witchcraft. John Proctor's wife, Elizabeth Proctor, is unaware of her husband's infidelity until Reverend Hale informs her of it. At first she believes it was just a one-time event and thinks that God will forgive him because he is repentant about it.

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Physical descriptions of many of the characters in The Crucible can be found explicitly in the character list and can also be inferred in the text itself. Below is a brief physical description of some of the main characters of the play.

John Proctor is in his mid thirties. He is "powerful of body," meaning that he is large and muscular, likely from working on the farm all day. He is likely the tallest of the characters. Elizabeth Proctor is likely also in her mid thirties.

Abigail Williams is a "strikingly beautiful" seventeen-year-old girl.

Reverend Hale is described as a "tight-skinned, eager-eyed intellectual." He is in his late thirties, but since he does little physical labor, he is not as strongly-built as John Proctor.

Deputy Governor Danforth is in his sixties. He likely has a serious countenance, framed with wrinkles that show his age.

Reverend Parris is in his mid-forties and probably of medium height and build.

Thomas Putnam is a middle-aged man with an untrustworthy look to him.

Tituba, an enslaved woman from Barbados, has a kind face. She is likely around forty years old.

Giles Cory is an elderly man. However, he is still strong of body and muscular.

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