Why hasn't John told the court what he knows, what does Elizabeth attribute his not telling to?  

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Towards the beginning of act two, John Proctor is astonished to learn that Mary Warren is a revered official in Salem's court and there have already been fourteen arrests. Elizabeth also tells John that the judges hold Abigail Williams in high regard and he responds by calling the trials "black mischief." When Elizabeth encourages her husband to travel into Salem and testify that Abigail told him they were simply pretending, John hesitates and says that he will think on it. Elizabeth then gets up from the table and John says,

"I am only wondering how I may prove what she told me, Elizabeth. If the girl’s a saint now, I think it is not easy to prove she’s fraud, and the town gone so silly. She told it to me in a room alone - I...

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