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Reverend Parris has issues with his community over his desire for money. There are several times in the play when he reveals this. One example is at the beginning of the play when Parris is arguing with Giles Corey and John Proctor about his salary. Parris believes he should be paid 60 pounds plus six for firewood. The townspeople say he should be paid 60 pounds and this includes free firewood. Parris says,” Mr. Corey, you will look far for a man of my kind at sixty pound a year! I am not used to this poverty; I left a thrifty business in the Barbados to serve the Lord.” Parris also wants the deed to the house owned by the parsonage, which would secure not only his job but a roof over his head.
Another example occurs later in the play when John and Elizabeth Proctor are being questioned by Reverend Hale. In response to Reverend Hale’s question about why John Proctor does not come to church, Proctor answers that all Parris preaches about is golden candlesticks for his altar. “Parris came, and for twenty week he preach nothin’ but golden candlesticks until he had them.”
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