In The Crucible, why does Rev.Hale come to Salem?

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At the beginning of the play, there are rumors of witchcraft spreading throughout Salem's community, and Reverend Parris's daughter is incapacitated, which is both puzzling and disheartening to her father and the community. When Susanna Walcott enters the scene, she brings back word from Doctor Griggs concerning Betty's perplexing condition. Susanna tells Reverend Parris that the doctor cannot find any cure in his extensive library that will help Betty and suggests that Parris look to "unnatural things" as the cause of her illness. Reverend Parris then tells Susanna to inform Doctor Griggs that he sent for Reverend Hale from Beverly to investigate the possibility of witchcraft. Reverend Hale is a relatively young intellectual, who is an educated specialist in...

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Reverend Hale is a supposed expert in witchcraft. Reverend Parris requested that Reverend Hale come to Salem to investigate suspected witchcraft that may have affected his daughter Betty Parris.