What does John Proctor say keeps him from telling the court what he knows in The Crucible?

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When Proctor tells Elizabeth what he has heard from Abigail, Elizabeth insists that John go to the court to inform them of what he knows. 

At the time, Proctor hopes to stay out of the mess in town stirred up by Abigail and her friends and he says that soon everyone will realize the truth. Proctor hopes that they will see through Abigail's lies before...

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