In The Crucible, Act IV, why does Elizabeth say her husband has "his goodness" as he is about to be hanged?

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John Proctor was condemned to hang on charges of witchcraft. He tried to exonerate his wife through Mary’s deposition. However, Mary was overwhelmed by Abigail’s theatrics and falsely accused John. John tried to convince Danforth and the court with regards to the girls’ false accusation. John confessed about his relationship with Abigail and stated that it was the reason that Elizabeth fired Abigail after she found out. Elizabeth, on the other hand, was unable to confirm her husband’s statement, thinking that she was saving her husband.

When his execution date approached, John considered confessing to the charge of witchcraft as his conscience weighed heavily on him. Although, the charge of witchcraft was false, the issue of infidelity was true and he blamed himself for what was happening. John wrote a confession which he refused to sign and eventually, destroyed the confession because he rejected the idea of confessing to falsehood. His name was already tainted by the infidelity and this made it impossible for him to come to terms with further degradation of his name and personality, by being connected to witchcraft.

Proctor, with a cry of his whole soul: 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!

Proctor, his eyes fully of tears: I can. And there’s your first marvel that I can. You have made your magic now, for now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs.

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