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In The Crucible, what does the court accept as evidence that someone is a witch, and which characters seem to consider this evidence valid?

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It seems that the credulous judges at the Salem witch trials will accept just about anything as evidence of witchcraft. All that Abigail Williams and the other girls have to do is tremble, scream, cry, or faint in open court, and—viola!—this is immediately accepted as "evidence" that they've been attacked by the malevolent spirit of some evil witch.

If that's not sufficient evidence of witchcraft, there's always the time-honored method of ascribing crop failures or the death of farm animals to the forces of darkness. In a particularly notorious example of the latter, Walcott accuses Martha Corey of bewitching his pigs. It's all complete nonsense, of course, but such is the febrile atmosphere of mass hysteria in town that such a ludicrous accusation is instantly believed.

Judge Danforth seems particularly credulous in this regard. But maybe he doesn't really believe any of it at...

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