Provide a quote showing how Abigail manipulates in order to avoid suspicion of witchcraft in The Crucible.

A good quote that shows how Abigail manipulates to avoid suspicion of witchcraft is the following:

Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.

Here, Abigail is manipulating Mary Warren, Betty Parris, and Mercy Lewis, threatening them so they won't describe all that went on in the woods.

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Abigail Williams is a thoroughly devious, untrustworthy young lady, someone who's prepared to manipulate other people to get what she wants.

And what she wants more than anything else is power, and lots of it. Once the hysteria in Salem gets under way, Abigail's hunger for power is fulfilled as...

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Abigail Williams is a thoroughly devious, untrustworthy young lady, someone who's prepared to manipulate other people to get what she wants.

And what she wants more than anything else is power, and lots of it. Once the hysteria in Salem gets under way, Abigail's hunger for power is fulfilled as she becomes arguably the most powerful person in town. Just one word from her and an entirely innocent person can find themselves being sent to the gallows on a trumped-up charge of witchcraft. The judges might like to think that they're the ones in charge of the witch trials, but in actual fact it's Abigail who's calling the shots.

Abigail knows that if it ever gets out that she was cavorting with other young girls in the forest on that fateful night, then she'll be accused of witchcraft herself, with potentially fatal consequences.

With that in mind, Abigail manipulates the other girls, threatening them with a terrible revenge if they so much as breathe a word about exactly what went on in the forest:

Now look at you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam's dead sisters. And that is all. And Mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.

When she refers to a “pointy reckoning,” she means that she'll stab them to death. In the event, this wicked threat proves to be sufficient to achieve Abigail's immediate goal of keeping the girls' mouths shut.

The girls are genuinely scared of Abigail. They know that this is no idle threat, and later it becomes clear that they're dealing with an individual who will stop at nothing to retain the enormous power she wields over the people of Salem.

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