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Abigail was a former servant in the Proctor household. John Proctor had an affair with her and when Elizabeth, his wife found out she dismissed her from service.
At the beginning of the play Abigail still believes that Proctor loves her and appeals to him but he tells her to forget their affair, as he remains loyal to Elizabeth and he now regrets what happened. This angers her and she determines to get her revenge on both of them by accusing Elizabeth of being a witch, leading to the central dramatic conflict in the play.
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