What is a specific event or quote from act 1 and the effect of foreshadowing ?

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Throughout Act One, Miller reveals the palpable tension in the community of Salem when the Putnams voice their opinions and John Proctor speaks to Abigail. The audience learns that the Putnams deeply resent Reverend Parris's position, as well as Rebecca Nurse's prosperity. The Putnam's negative feelings towards Reverend Parris and Rebecca Nurse foreshadow their involvement and accusations during the witch trials. Another moment that foreshadows a significant future event takes place when John Proctor has a conversation with Abigail. Abigail Williams expresses her feelings for John, as well as her displeasure towards his sick wife, Elizabeth. Abigail tells John,

"Oh, I marvel how such a strong man may let such a sickly wife be—...She is blackening my name in the village! She is telling lies about me! She is a cold, sniveling woman, and you bend to her! Let her turn you like a—" (Miller, 33).

Abigail's hateful comments towards Elizabeth Proctor foreshadow her accusation. In an attempt to get rid of Elizabeth, Abigail accuses her of witchcraft. Ironically, it is John Proctor who is punished because of Abigail's false accusation.