Why does Abigail start accusing people in Act One?

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In Act One, Parris chastizes Abigail for dancing in the forest with his daughter. Parris continually asks Abigail if she was involved in any type of witchcraft, but Abigail swears that she was not conjuring spirits. The Putnams then arrive and begin to discuss the rumors of witchcraft. After the Putnams and Parris leave Betty's room, Mary Warren tells Abigail that the entire countryside is talking about witchcraft. Mary fears that all the girls, including Abigail, will be accused of being witches. When Reverend Hale arrives and begins questioning Abigail about dancing in the forest, she begins to feel pressured and blames Tituba. When Tituba...

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cause she wants jonh to her self

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