Almost as soon as John Proctor addresses Deputy Governor Danforth, the Reverend Parris begins to accuse him, as if to prejudice the magistrate against Proctor before Proctor can even explain his concerns. Parris says, "Beware this man, Your Excellency, this man is mischief." Parris and Proctor, of course, do not get along, and their strong dislike and distrust of each other is mutual. Parris feels threatened by Proctor's opposition to his ministry, and Proctor does "not see the light of God" in the minister, as he said in Act Two. When Proctor joins his voice to Giles Corey's, Parris declares, "They've come to overthrow the court, sir!" Parris's strategy is to reduce shades of gray to black and white, so to speak: either a person supports the court or opposes it. In doing so, Parris wants to paint Proctor as being set dead against the workings of the court which would, perhaps, prejudice Danforth against Proctor so that anything Proctor says about Parris, or anything else, will be disregarded. When Ezekiel Cheever tells Danforth that Proctor ripped up the arrest warrant for his wife when Cheever delivered it, Parris seizes on this as evidence for his claims against Proctor. He shouts, "Now you have it!" as if Proctor's anger about his wife's arrest proves that he opposes the workings of the deputy governor.