What is meant by "tearing the light out of my eyes" in The Crucible?

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The statement was made by Abigail to Proctor in an attempt to remind him about their previous intimate relationship. Proctor arrived at Parris’s house to witness Betty’s situation and while in the house he met with Abigail who was still seemingly attracted to him. Abigail tried to win him back by reminding him of their encounter. However, John had made up his mind not to engage Abigail on an intimate level. After much discussion about their situation, Abigail explained to John how he enlightened her to the ways of Salem and the true nature of the people in the society. In her statement, Abigail told John that it was impossible to undo what she already knew about the ways of Salem. She further claimed that John loved her and still did love her. Thus in her statement, Abigail was referring to the knowledge Proctor helped her acquire and the love they shared equating it to the “light”.

Abigail: And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes? I will not, I cannot! You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!