What is the deal that Danforth tries to make with John Proctor in "The Crucible"?

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In Act Three, John Proctor comes to court with Mary Warren in a seemingly good effort to prove that his wife is not a witch and should be set free. Mary Warren is brought to the court to tell them that the girls had been lying all along. As John Proctor is beginning to present this evidence to Danforth and Hawthorne, Danforth provides John Proctor with information that his wife is pregnant. Daforth offers a deal to John, asking him if Danforth allows his wife to stay alive at least until another year until the baby is born ... will he disregard the evidence that he is bringing to court and be on his way. Proctor refuses to take Danforth's deal becasue his friends' wives have also been accused.