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Summarize Hale's argument favoring Proctor's confession. What does Proctor have "no tongue for"?  

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Reverend Hale's passionate plea to Elizabeth, John's wife, encapsulates his entire argument. When he confronts her, he tells her that she should not misplace her duty and loyalty and believe that she is doing right. He states that he has made the same mistake and now has the blood of many innocents on his hands. He urges her to not cling to faith when it results in unnecessary bloodshed. 

Furthermore, he contends that it is the law which is mistaken for it leads others to sacrifice. Hale insists that life is God's greatest gift and that no lofty principle can justify its taking. He pleads with her to ask John to confess even if it's a lie. She should not doubt God's judgment in this matter for it may be that God damns a liar less than one who gives away his life for pride. He urges her to talk to her husband because he believes that she is the only one to whom John will listen.

The Reverend's belief arises from the fact that he has lost faith in the court and its proceedings. He left in...

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