What does Reverend Parris reveal about his niece Abigail in The Crucible?

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favoritethings eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In addition to revealing that he found Abigail and her friends dancing in the forest and "traffick[ing] with spirits," Reverend Parris's conversation with her also reveals to the audience that Abigail's reputation in the town is likely not as spotless as it should be.  He asks her, "Your name in the town—it is entirely white, is it not?"  He thinks it is odd that she was "discharged" from her position at the Proctors' household seven months ago and that no one else has offered to hire her again in that time.  Further, Reverend Parris has also heard a rumor that Goody Proctor has told people that she does not want to come to church anymore because she refuses to "sit so close to something soiled," implying that Abigail is dirty or sinful.  When her uncle asks her about her reputation, Abigail gets immediately defensive and starts to disparage Elizabeth Proctor.  In fact, she gets so angry so quickly that it makes it seem as though she really is guilty of something (and we find out, soon enough, that she is).

asorrell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the beginning, Parris discovers Abigail dancing in the woods with her friends.  He doesn't reveal it at first because he feels her behavior can ruin him.  However it eventually comes out after Hale comes to town.  Abigail in turn blames everything on Tituba.

Later in the play, he reveals that Abigail and Mercy Lewis have run away and that Abigail stole from him.

ms-t eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Parris summoned the two judges back to Salem because his niece, Abigail, and Mercy Lewis have vanished after robbing him of all of his money. Parris believes the girls may have been frightened by the rumors of the rebellion in Andover against the court.