In act 1, Reverend Hale arrives at Salem carrying a large stack of books. Hale is depicted as a naive intellectual, enthusiastic about finally getting the opportunity to consult his books and exercise his knowledge regarding the "invisible world." Reverend Hale is confident in his training and trusts that he will be able to identify witches and rid Salem of the Devil. When Mrs. Putnam inquires about his books, Reverend Hale confidently says,
Here is all the invisible world, caught, defined, and calculated. In these books the Devil stands stripped of all his brute disguises. Here are all your familiar spirits—your incubi and succubi; your witches that go by land, by air, and by sea; your wizards of the night and of the day. Have no fear now—we shall find him out if he has come among us, and I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face!
In act 2, Reverend Hale supports the Salem court and believes that he is still doing God's work by exposing witches. However, Hale begins to...
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