What is Reverend Parris praying about at the beginning of Act 1 of The Crucible?

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He certainly is praying for Betty's return to health, but he most certainly is praying for his reputation, for not only did he witness his daughter in the woods but also his niece and slave.  When the townspeople become aware of this - that the devil apparently has taken such a firm hold in the minister's family - his reputation and ministry in Salem will likely be over.  Some of the residents, such as John Proctor, have already shunned going to church because of Parris and his fire and brimstone attitude of preaching, so it is easy to see why Parris is so worried about this whole incident from the very start.


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