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In The Crucible, why does Hale denounce the proceedings of the court?

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Hale denounces the proceedings at the end of Act II scene 2, after Proctor brings Mary Warren before the court and tells of the fraudulant nature of the accusations.  Proctor goes so far as to admit to his own sin of fornication before Danforth, the judge.  Danforth brings the other girls in and they begin accusing Proctor of witchcraft.  Mary can not hold the truth under the pressure of the other girls and also turns against Proctor.  At this point, Hale, who has been suspicious of the accusations for some time, finally becomes sure that the girls are frauds and that Danforth is refusing to listen to reason so he denounces the proceedings and leaves the court.

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