As seen in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, why does Giles Corey feel guilty that his wife is charged with witchcraft?

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When Reverend Hale arrives in Salem to investigate rumours of witchcraft, Giles Corey, probably thinking that he was doing good, asks the reverend to explain Mrs Corey's fascination with strange books. When the reverend tries to tell him that there is no significance in that, he presses the reverend and states that whenever Martha (his wife) reads these tomes, he cannot pray, but that as soon as she stops and walks out, his ability to pray suddenly returns. He states that this oddity 'discomfits' him.

This statement about the stoppage of prayer piques Reverend Hale's interest and he tells Giles that he will later speak to him about it. Giles then declares that he does not believe that his wife is touched by the devil but that he would like to know what she is reading and why she hides her books since she won't tell him. It is clear that Reverend Hale is not much interested in what he has to say at this point because he has more important matters to attend to. He once again promises...

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