Abigail seems to believe that she can control the destinies of others. This conviction becomes more and more apparent as the play progresses. When she realizes, after Tituba's confession, that she can absolve herself from any wrongdoing by blaming others, she undertakes this task with malicious relish. Governor Danforth's belief that the children are God's instruments also strengthens her supposition that she is beyond reproach. She uses her newfound authority to vent her anger and frustration against those whom she believes have done her wrong, and she sets out to take revenge. It is for this reason that she accuses Elizabeth Proctor of witchery and implicates the innocent woman by planting a needle in her stomach and screaming out during dinner. She claims that her ex-employer has used a poppet to harm her after seeing Mary Warren stick a needle into the stomach of a doll she was making for Elizabeth.
Abigail does not care about anyone but herself. She wants it all and ironically calls the villagers hypocrites when she is actually the biggest hypocrite of all. Abigail threatens whoever she believes will stand in her way and has no qualms in even threatening Judge Danforth. The depth of Abigail's perverted selfishness is suitably illustrated at the end of the play when she steals her uncle's life-savings and surreptitiously leaves the village, never to be seen or heard from again.
Abigail becomes a feared individual. At first, she is treated like some saint because she has taken the lead in the accusations of witchcraft, as Elizabeth states in Act ll:
—Mary Warren speak of Abigail as though she were a saint, to hear her. She brings the other girls into the court, and where she walks the crowd will part like the sea for Israel.
The more people are arrested and incarcerated, the greater the community's fear of Abigail becomes. She starts accusing others with impunity and even powerful men, such as John Proctor, fear her power. Elizabeth is afraid that Abigail wants her killed and expresses her anxiety to her husband. John calls Abigail a liar and a fraud and brings Mary Warren to court to prove his assertion. However, this attempt fails when Abigail leads the other girls in a charade and convinces the court that they (the accusers) are being threatened by the spirits of the accused. In the end, Reverend Parris, after discovering that she has stolen his money and absconded, attempts to tell the court that it should reconsider her testimony, but he cannot quite bring himself to say it:
But I thought to summon you, sir, that we might think on whether it be not wise to… there is news, sir, that the court, the court must reckon with. My niece… I believe she has vanished.
It is ironic that one of the principal perpetrators of all the unfortunate events has escaped justice and has left chaos, grief, and misery in her wake.