What does Abigail say about Elizabeth Proctor?  

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In Act I, when Parris questions why Abigail was let go from her service at the Proctors' house, Abigail tells her uncle "They want slaves, not such as I." It is a lie; the Proctors have not overworked her or mistreated her, but Abigail is desperate to evade the truth about why not only the Proctors, but also other families, refuse to have her in their homes as a domestic servant.

Later in Act I, Abigail speaks harshly of Elizabeth Proctor when she is briefly alone with John Proctor, telling him:

She is blackening my name in the village! She is telling lies about me! She is a cold sniveling woman and you bend to her!

Abigail also tells John that she knows it is Elizabeth who fired her, not John.

In Act III, Abigail tells Danforth in the court that "Goody Proctor always kept poppets." This is another lie, but Abigail asserts it as truth to make her accusation against Elizabeth seem more credible. She knows that Mary Warren has taken a poppet to the Proctors' home, and Abigail is able to frame Elizabeth Proctor for witchcraft in this way.

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  • Abigail says that Elizabeth Proctor hates her and is a "lying, cold, sniveling woman."
  • Abigail also blames Elizabeth for firing her, even though she was having an affair with Elizabeth's husband at the time.
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In Act One, when her uncle, Reverend Parris, asks about Abigail's reputation in town, she promises that her name is good. She insists that Elizabeth Proctor "hates [her]" because Abigail "would not be her slave." She calls Elizabeth a "lying, cold, sniveling woman" who she cannot abide working for. When Parris says that he thinks it's strange that she was dismissed from the Proctors' service seven months prior, and yet no one else has ever called to hire her since then, she says that "Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar" who has been spreading untrue rumors about her in the village.

Later, when Abigail is speaking with John Proctor (still in Act One), Elizabeth's husband, with whom she was having an affair when Elizabeth dismissed her, she blames Elizabeth for firing her, and she also refers to her as his "sickly wife" before John cuts her off.

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