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What happened between Abigail Williams and John Proctor prior to the opening of The Crucible?

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The text makes it obvious that John and Abigail (who was then employed by the Proctors as a maid) have been involved in an extramarital affair. In Act 1, when the two of them are alone in the room with the unconscious Betty, Abigail makes an advance on him. She is upset when he resists her and says that their liaison is over. She then reminds him of the times that they have actually been together:

I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I come near! 

Abigail makes it clear that she believes that it was John and not his wife, Elizabeth, who dismissed her from their service. She states that she knows that John still loves her just as much as he did before her humiliating dismissal.

It’s she put me out, you cannot pretend it were you. I saw your face when she put me out, and you loved me then and you do now! 

Elizabeth terminated Abigail's service when she suspected the affair.

Abigail's claim that John still has a soft spot for her is...

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