Hale criticized Proctor for working during the Sabbath and refusing to have his last son baptized. Hale claimed Proctor rarely attended church on the Sabbath according to the records in Rev. Parris’ custody. Proctor defended himself by stating that his wife was sick, and he tried to go to church when he could. In addition, he stated that when he could not make it to the church, he prayed in his house. To this, Hale responded that his house was not a church, and a Christian must be in church on the Sabbath.
Hale asked why one of Proctor’s sons was not baptized. Proctor alleged that he did not see God’s light upon Rev. Parris and because of that he was reluctant to allow Parris to baptize his son. Hale asserted that the decision was not his to make because Parris was ordained.
In Act 2, Hale is visiting families in the town in order to get to know them better, specifically those whose names have been mentioned in the proceedings. While at the Proctor's house, Hale begins questioning John about the family's religious diligence, focusing on John's knowledge of the 10 Commandments at first. Hale criticizes John because of his infrequent church attendance and because his youngest son has not yet been baptized. These criticisms lead to important revelations about Rev. Parris and some town members dissatisfaction with his conduct. This conversation also gives Hale his first misgivings about how the trials are being conducted.