What rumors have circulated the town about Betty Parris?

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In the opening scene of the play, Reverend Parris's daughter, Betty, is incapacitated in her bed after being caught alongside the other girls dancing in the forest the previous night. Ruth Putnam also suffers a similar mysterious ailment and is confined to her bed. The local doctor is confounded by...

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In the opening scene of the play, Reverend Parris's daughter, Betty, is incapacitated in her bed after being caught alongside the other girls dancing in the forest the previous night. Ruth Putnam also suffers a similar mysterious ailment and is confined to her bed. The local doctor is confounded by Betty and Ruth's ailments, and rumors of witchcraft quickly begin to circulate throughout the community. The majority of citizens believe that Betty Parris has been bewitched and is under a malevolent spell.

When Mr. and Mrs. Putnam arrive at Reverend Parris's home to visit Betty, she asks Reverend Parris how high his daughter flew in the air. When Reverend Parris responds that Betty did not fly at all, Mrs. Putnam says that Mr. Collins saw her fly over Ingersoll’s barn and land light as a feather. In response to his daughter's enigmatic illness and rapidly spreading rumors, Reverend Parris summons Reverend Hale from Beverly to search for signs of witchcraft.

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