The relationship between John Proctor and his wife, Elizabeth, has been damaged by his past infidelity with Abigail Williams. Elizabeth is somewhat suspicious of him still, and even John perceives his dishonesty and disloyalty to her as the major flaw in his character. The following conversation occurs during Act 2, when Elizabeth learns that John was alone with Abigail in town:
ELIZABETH: John, you are not open with me. You saw her with a crowd you said. Now you--.
PROCTOR: I'll plead my honesty no more, Elizabeth. [....] No more! I should have roared you down when first you told me your suspicion. But I wilted, and, like a Christian, I confessed. Confessed! Some dream I had must have mistaken you for God that day. But you're not, you're not, and let you remember it! Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not.
ELIZABETH: I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you.
Elizabeth claims that John's perception of himself for his disloyalty...
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