What ironic statement did Danforth make regarding the accuracy of Proctor's confession?

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Deputy Governor Danforth has a completely wrong view of his own discernment and his ability to judge others's truthfulness. When John Proctor, Giles Corey, and Francis Nurse come to the court in Act Three, Danforth tells Proctor, "We burn a hot fire here; it melts down all concealment." He thinks that he and the court are able to ascertain who is truthful and who is not. However, nothing could be further from the truth: this court believes lies and fails to believe honest folk.

When Danforth seems to go on believing Abigail and doubting Mary Warren, Proctor calls Abigail a "whore" and confesses to their sexual relationship. He cries out, "I have known her, sir. I have known her." However, when Elizabeth Proctor lies about his past lechery in order to protect his reputation, Danforth declares, "She spoke...

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