What are two quotes from The Crucible by Arthur Miller about reputation?

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davmor1973 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One's reputation in Salem is an important consideration for everyone, not just John Proctor. This is a society in which it's considered essential for women to be chaste and pure, to have no taint of suspicion regarding their fidelity or sexual constancy. Abigail Williams has transgressed the prevailing moral code by conducting an affair with a married man. If the truth gets out, then her reputation will be ruined; she'll forever be branded as a scarlet woman, or worse.

Rumors about Abigail are already swirling around town. The Reverend Parris is concerned for his niece's reputation, especially after he witnesses her cavorting with other girls in the forest one night. Abigail is a member of the Reverend's household; if her reputation is proved to be anything less than pure as the driven snow, that will reflect badly on him, and his own reputation for probity will be undermined as a consequence. It's absolutely essential, then, for Parris to establish the truth of the matter. So he comes right out and asks Abigail if her good name is still respectable. Abigail's response, characteristically, is a total lie:

PARRIS Your name in the town—it is entirely white, is it not?
ABIGAIL, with an edge of resentment: Why, I am sure it is, sir. There be no blush about my name.
PARRIS, to the point: Abigail, is there any other cause than you have told me, for your being discharged from Goody Proctor’s service? I have heard it said, and I tell you as I heard it, that she come so rarely to the church this year for she will not sit so close to something soiled. What signified that remark?
ABIGAIL: She hates me, uncle, she must, for I would not be her slave. It’s a bigger woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman!

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It's hard to stray in this question and not come to John Proctor's stinging rebuke of Puritan society and pleas for his own reputation.  When confronted with the choice of signing a false confession or accepting death as a result of telling the truth, Proctor's lines speak to one's reputation and one's own sense of identity in the world:

Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul, leave me my name!

You won't find another and more passionate line about the need to protect one's reputation.  In a world where winning and losing is determined by end results, Proctor's words and Miller's sentiments through him remind us that there has to be a structure and process by which winning is honorable.  An individual's reputation is a part of this.  Another example of this would be in Act I when Parris speaks of fear of his own reputation.  This exchange reflects the "anti- Proctor" belief in protecting one's own name in a superficial and phony manner.  The enotes link below is going to be very helpful for you in this topic.