In Act one, there are rumors in Salem about witchcraft. Parris’ daughter seems unconscious, and Abigail, Parris’ niece, tries to explain their earlier activities in the forest. Parris discovered Abigail, Tituba, Betty and some girls dancing in the forest. Parris, as a church minister, was extremely irked by what he saw.
Abigail tried to convince his uncle that their activities in the forest were innocent and had no connection with witchcraft. However, Parris was still suspicious of the girls’ activities because he had seen Tituba waving her hands over a fire they had lit, a symbol of witchcraft. Parris also learned that Mrs. Putnam sent her daughter to Tituba in order to conjure up her dead siblings’ spirits and explain their deaths.
Upon further questioning by Parris, Abigail accused Tituba of conjuring spirits. Abigail further claimed that Tituba made them drink blood during Hale’s questioning. Tituba denied any involvement with the devil, but due to pressure from Hale and Parris, Tituba confessed to witchcraft.
Hale: You have confessed yourself to witchcraft, and that speaks a wish to come to Heaven’s side. And we will bless you, Tituba.
Tituba, deeply relieved: Oh, God bless you, Mr. Hale!