At every point in the drama, Abigail Williams chooses to act in such a way that will increase her power over others. An orphan girl with an increasingly bad reputation in town, Abbie's one of Salem's outcasts. A marginalized, powerless figure, she craves the opportunity to exert power over others, and the witch-craze presents her with just such an opportunity.
Once Abbie starts pointing the finger of suspicion at people, she immediately senses her power. For the first time in her short life, she has control over others. Judge Danforth and the other members of the court instinctively believe her; the townsfolk, petrified that they'll be the next ones to be falsely accused of witchcraft, are frightened of her, as indeed are Mary Warren and the other girls with whom Abbie was cavorting in the forest that fateful night.
Having achieved such an extraordinary hold over other people for the first time in her short life, Abbie's not about to let go. Every decision that she makes from here on...
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