The Puritans also relied on their consciences.  Show an exact quote from Act 1 showing this.Please include the page number and state which cover of the book you have.

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jilllessa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hale also acts on his conscience.  Although he is called to Salem to look for witches, he really requires evidence of witchcraft, not just the words of the girls.  In Act I scene II he goes to the Proctor's house not because the court sent him but  "of my own, without the court's authority, "  to speak with Elizabeth because she has been mentioned in the court.  He continues: 

I am a stranger here, as you know.  And in my ignorance I find it hard to draw a clear opinion of them that come accused before the court.  And so this afternoon, and now tonight, I go from house to house... "

Here Hale shows his concern that he really know the people who are accused and he shows his conscience in desiring that knowledge.  Later, coming to the conlcusion that the court is only interested in hanging witches rather than in finding the truth, Hale denounces the trial and leaves coming back only to try and save the lives of the accused.

blacksheepunite eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The only quotes I came across were of Proctor: 

Act 1--Parris has demanded obedience to the church, and has challenged Proctor's right to question him. Proctor responds with a statement of conscience, "I may speak my heart, I think!"(30). 

Act 4--Proctor has a conversation with his wife Elizabeth towards the end of this act. He has been thinking of making a false confession so that he will be freed, and has asked her what she thinks of the idea. Her response indicates that she holds his conscience as high as anyone's on earth, and that his judgement is second only to God's:"Do what you will. But let none be your judge. There be no higher judge under heaven than Proctor's is."(137) Penguin Plays ISBN 0 14 048.138.9 blue and white cover with a black and white photo on the front.

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