What news does Danforth tell John Proctor about Elizabeth?

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In act 3, John Proctor travels into Salem with Mary Warren and instructs her to tell the truth about the witch trials. After Mary Warren testifies that Abigail Williams and the girls are lying, Deputy Governor Danforth asks Proctor what his purpose is for addressing the court and he responds...

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In act 3, John Proctor travels into Salem with Mary Warren and instructs her to tell the truth about the witch trials. After Mary Warren testifies that Abigail Williams and the girls are lying, Deputy Governor Danforth asks Proctor what his purpose is for addressing the court and he responds by saying that he hopes to free his wife. Danforth understands the gravity of Mary Warren's claim and the threat that John Proctor poses to his court. He then tells John,

"Mr. Proctor, this morning, your wife send me a claim in which she states that she is pregnant now." (Miller, 95)

Proctor is astonished to hear that Elizabeth is pregnant and swears that she is telling the truth. Danforth responds by saying that the court officials are willing to wait until she shows signs of her pregnancy and will save her life for an entire year if he drops the charges. Essentially, Danforth wishes to use Elizabeth's pregnancy as leverage against Proctor in hopes that he will drop the charges and stop challenging the court. However, John Proctor demonstrates his integrity by refusing to drop the charges and continues to defend his innocent friends, Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey.

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In Act III of The Crucible, Danforth informs John Proctor that his wife, Elizabeth, is pregnant.  Since she has been in jail since Abigail accused her of sending her spirit out and stabbing her in the stomach.  While doctors say that they cannot find any signs that she is pregnant, John tells the court that Elizabeth cannot lie, so if she says she is pregnant she must be.  This becomes important late in the act when Danforth questions Elizabeth on John and Abigail’s affair.  When asked if she has any knowledge of John committing lechery, she lies for her husband.

In her life, sir, she have never lied. There are them that cannot sing, and them that cannot weep—my wife cannot lie. I have paid much to learn it, sir.

 

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