Who fears punishment in Arthur Miller's The Crucible?

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In the First Act of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, we find Mary fearing that she might possibly be hanged for witchcraft.

Later in the same act, when Hale questions Abigail, she also seems afraid of punishment when he asks her if she has sold herself to the devil: "I never sold myself! I’m a good girl."

Abigail blames Tituba for the mysterious actions and when Tituba is questioned and threatened with whipping and hanging she also fears punishment: "No-no, don’t hang Tituba. I tell him I don’t desire to work for him, sir."

In the second half of the play, Mary and Abigail realize that they can deflect attention from themselves by accusing others of witchcraft.